La Ginestra - NY

4.7
245 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sicilan and Italian fare coupling family recipes and innovative specials
with an extensive wine menu. A cozy ambiance and accommodating staff have
helped make La Ginestra a favorite amongst north shore diners for the past
27 years.
What 245 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant on Long Island. End of story.

TM
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants anywhere. While the regular menu is great, you'll have difficulty getting past the daily specials.

FH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in Glen Cove for quite some time now and have often thought about going here for dinner. My friend and I finally decided to go and are we glsd we did. The food was remarkable and the service was top notch. Thank you for a lovely dinner!

LS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

What was once a favorite place is sadly no longer. As someone with a food allergy, I would be concerned about dining here. I was not always, but as a newly gluten-intolerant individual, I was sadly given and ingested a lot of gluten unknowingly. While it was not the fault of the waiter, but the busser, it nonetheless ruined the evening and part of the next day. The busser thought that whole wheat and gluten-free bread were the same, so when we asked if they served gluten-free bread, he happily said yes and came right back out with some.

Luckily, I asked the waiter where they got such delicious gluten-free bread. Turns out they don't have any and the busser was wrong. While the staff was deeply apologetic, it affected me the rest of the night. Had I had full-blown Celiac disease I would have been writhing in pain on the floor. That was a serious mistake that should have been avoided with proper education of the staff. Apologies only were verbal and there was no attempt to make up for this mistake in any other way.

The appetizer I ordered of mozzarella and eggplant was served without mozzarella because they were nervous that the Polly-o cheese may have gluten in it somehow; it doesn't. What upset me was that it wasn't until I was being served the plate that I was informed this. I was charged full price and got half of my appetizer. Since I was a starving pregnant woman, I ate it because I didn't want to wait for them to make something else. I was never asked if I wanted something else or if they could put something different instead. In fact, the entire meal we paid full price for, despite the inconvenience and mistake.

I was concerned that the staff was not well trained- if trained at all - in how to approach food allergies and sensitivities and now, unfortunately, we will not be dining here in the future. One positive note was that the waiter did seem to know something about gluten and offered to grill the fish instead.

DA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We live near by and love the updated decor and food and service was fabulous love this place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was amazing and so was the food

KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always welcomed by Gus as if you are a family member sitting at his dining table. Amazing food and service. Hands down the best Italian food in Long Island.

SM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been there several times and are never disappointed. The service is outstanding, and you won't find a better meal on Long Island.

P
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on Saturday 7/20. Our table was waiting for us. The food and service was great as it always is. We had the swordfish special which was pounded, lightly breaded and grilled and the halibut special - just good old halibut. Both were outstanding. Like no place else. Excellence is par for the course at this restaurant.

DA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner and everyone was so nice and accommodating to us. The place has a nice atmosphere very updated Italian farmhouse. The food was very delicious and we were happy with everything and we will definitely be going back.

b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All excellent

g
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

the food was better than average. the tables are MUCH MUCH too close to each other. the noise was unbearable - we could not have a conversation! it was a Friday night - one can only hope that weekday nights are better!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant!

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B
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This used to be a neighborhood staple, but not any longer. The food choices are tired, the creativity is stale and the value simply isn't there anymore. Overrated and underachieving restaurant.

M
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We felt rushed. The waiter was impatient. The food was of average quality. The martinis were tiny

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish. Food, service and seating was perfect.

DM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were regulars at La Ginestra till we moved away over 30 years ago. Having returned recently, and being able to dine there with friends after such a long absence is a testament to the restaurants ability to maintain its high level of satisfying palates for so many years. Food preparation and service remain top notch. Owners were on site and still make it their business to greet you and seat you and prepare you for an excellent dining experience. This restaurant will hopefully remain tops on the list in the area as they truly know how to do it right.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Especially the food and the service

b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food preparation and very attentive service. Owners know what they are doing.

TM
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ginestra is one of the finest Italian restaurants, anywhere. My wife and I have traveled far and wide and dined at great restaurants in many places. La Ginestra is definitely in our Top 10 list. And we have the added advantage of having it right here in Glen Cove, where we live on Long Island. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu with hard to choose selections. Friendly and professional service in a vibrant, comfortable dining room.
A Glen Cove jewel!

CR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service!

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites. Food always delicious and fresh

JR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Branzino was excellently prepared. Servers are always friendly and attentive.

M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always one of the best on Long Island.

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

Consistently delicious food and great service. Highly recommend.

LM
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to La Ginestra- and a business meeting as well, so the pressure to impress was high.

La Ginestra came through with flying colors. The wait staff was attentive, the food, delicious, and the owner was very warm and congenial.

I will be back and so will my clients. Bravo, La Ginestra!!

EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always great. Yummy food. Excellent service.

L
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent delicious food. Owner Enzo and Gus always welcoming and accommodating to any dietary needs.

OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our reservation was honored right on time. The restaurant was very busy-not an empty table-but service was gracious, prompt & non-obtrusive. Food was absolutely delicious. Was a little noisier than our last visit because it was so busy but we were in a lovely corner table and you could still have a conversation without raising your voice. Tables are well spaced. Excellent dining experience. We have been there before and will definitely be back.

LJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!
We always arrive a bit early to relax and enjoy a cocktail before going to the table. Wonderful service.
My favorite appetizer is Carpachio of Salmon, topped with fresh cheese over shredded greens.
Entrie whether pasta, poultry, beef, veal or fish all great anyway you order.
Great wines, espresso and biscotti.
Super servers. 5 Star!

SM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always get a delicious meal there. The service is amazing

AL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place has been showing up on the Open Table email recommendations so I figured I’d give it a try. First off they made me wait 15 minutes to seat me. The acoustics and noise were piercing The food was mediocre at best and was overpriced for the quality The place is also right out of central casting for the Sopranos but I can assure your Artie Buco is not the chef The bartender was equally as unremarkable too. Pass on this place.

S
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charming place. Great mix of food and service. We will be back.

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish, an absolutely fantastic evening! Atmosphere, service and most importantly the food were at the absolute highest level! One of the best restaurants on Long Island!

R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good - food was delicious , service was great. This is what we always expect and what we’ve always received

RB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT ON LONG ISLAND
My wife, friends and I have be going to La Ginestra for years. The food has always been excellent. Last night the dinner for four was superb. My friend had the Pollo Scarpariello. Not only did he say it was the best Scarpariello that had ever had, but also said "I finally know how this dish should taste." I had the Zuppa di Pesce. The seafood was perfectly cooked. My wife is always a fan of the Insalata di Long Island and the Linguine con Vongole. Gus is always there to greet you with a smile, a handshake and there to say goodnight. Julie is one of the hardest working waitress I have ever seen. She is always sweet and she makes certain that the food arrives promptly .
La Ginestra, is without question the best Italian restaurant on Long Island.

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You feel like you're in the city at a real Italian restaurant and not a Long Island knock-off

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