Sistina

4.8
615 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 years. Host/owner/chef Giuseppe Bruno, the Zagat Survey's "Host of the Year", is responsible for every aspect of his restaurant, from greeting his devoted patrons, to preparing special meals and dishes upon request.

DRESS CODE: committed to a certain excellence, our dress code is smart casual. We do not require men to wear a jacket or tie, but we politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS, FLIP FLOPS AND SNEAKERS.
CANCELATION: For parties of 5 and over we require credit card information to make the reservation. If you wish you cancel your reservation, please send a cancelation email to sistina@sistinany.com a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant in a timely fashion will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.


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M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly a great time at a beautiful restaurant. Lunch was delicious and quiet at a reasonable price for the elegant service.

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants we've ever experienced. Excellent atmosphere, impeccable service, and food of the highest quality. A great place within walking distance of the Met for an unforgettable evening.

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VH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Perfect for our daughters’s graduation celebration dinner,

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a
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, service, and food here is excellent--you will not be disappointed. Probably one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere. Be aware that this all comes with a very high tariff. Great place to have lunch after going to the Met, but you might want to check the credit limit on your card before you arrive (very expensive)!

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WE
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely give five stars, but Sistina deserves them. This is an elegant restaurant. Outstanding service, delicious food, wonderful wines and a lovely decor combine to make dining here a delightful experience. Of course, wonderfulness has a high price tag. This is an expensive place to dine, but, if your budget allows it, you can't do much better than to eat here.

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r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good. My husband and I shared the arugula and pear salad which was very good. The branzino al sale was very good. The homemade black linguine with calamari, clams, mussels and roasted red pepper was a little disappointing. The Linguine itself was a little bland and the calamari was chewy. I expected the clams and mussels to be in their shell but were not.
We shared a gelato order - a trio of chocolate gelato, pistachio gelato and passion fruit sorbet. The chocolate geleato was excellent and went very well with the passion fruit. The pistachio gelato was so so.

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L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Our 4th visit and we will return. Pxs are high but given quality, innovativeness of dishes and portion sizes, they are reasonable. Lovely ambiance and nicely-spaced tables for quiet. Exceptional service.

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C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service.

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

Anniversary and we couldn’t ask for a better restaurant

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

After spending the afternoon at The Met we had a fantastic dinner at Sistina. The service was top notch, and all the food was fantastic. There were a ton of specials. I had an amazing oyster dish. The pasta entrees were perfection. I had a perfect fettuccine. Dessert (chocolate soufflé) was one of the best we’ve ever had. All around great experience.

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N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and service. Wine list pricey

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D
Palm Springs
142 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very excellent restaurant

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RA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS OUTSTANDING....Beautiful...and pricey. One of my favorite Italian restaurants in NYC. Been a fan for 20 years and still go back every week. A "must go' restaurant in NY.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Surprised us with a complimentary of delicious pizza Everything from the martinis ,clams over spaghetti to veal chop pallard with mushroom sauce was delicious! Hope to return sometime

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real authentic Italian cuisine with attentive dining staff. The restaurant is cozy and a relaxed vibe Service was well-timed and friendly, food was great and affordable.We had fry oysters to start home made fettuccine for main course delicious,we definitely coming back soon

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HS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Too noisy. To expensive. Excellent waiter. Great selection.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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BR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience all around. Food outstanding. Service very attentive. Great location.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was also terrific. We had the soft shell crabs which were delicious. The staff is great and they never rushed us at all. We actually stayed a while and were the last party to leave the dining area.

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N
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most professional delivery of food, ambience and service. Fully priced.

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, amazing food , amazing staff and a very good wine list. We love this place.

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

Sistina is typical of the Upper East Side. The food is very good, and the prices are very high. Service is excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, very expensive.

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C
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. It's beautiful, the service is exemplary, and the food (what's on the menu plus a multitude of special offerings) is always delightful and delicious. It's truly one of the top in Manhattan.

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A
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always fabulous. On this evening we sat at the bar. The service was very, very good.

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the wine list and love the service. Food is excellent. We got in for an early dinner so were able to see the courtyard views. Gorgeous.

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Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spaghetti with pesto and sea urchin was incredible!

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased having it two blocks from home but would travel to dine there. The fried oysters
are the best in my long lifetime of eating them all over the world. Comfortable seating in the
main dining room. Everything we have eaten there is very pleasing. Excellent drinks and wine
list. The dessert are too delicious.

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FB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, truly delicious tasting food; loved the entire experience. We've been to Sistina several times and we love it and recommend it to friends. And we'll be back there soon!

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

The truffle pasta as my appetizer was outstanding and as good as what I had at San Giuseppe in Sena or Ad Hoc in Rome, my wife had the scallops (perfectly prepared) and I had the salted branzino, although it was presented tastefully, I will probably choose something tastier in the future such as Colorado lamb chops or the Porterhouse, at which you were presented with a choice of cuts before being prepared, a novel and simple idea which no major steakhouse in New York offers

The picture on Opentable is not the current Sistina location (the owner informed me he has requested OpenTable to change the picture repeatedly). It is now situated in a beautiful townhouse built during the gilded age, with a baroque style main dining room and a tastefully decorated semi solarium.

I highly recommend the dining experience at Sistina, dinner for 2 will range between $300 - $500, of course, that will depend on your choice of alcohols. I will now put Sistina at the top 5 restaurants on my list.

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SR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic crew - super space - excellent food

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. We love the menu, ambience, and staff. Truly a favorite. Highly recommended.

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CW
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are superb in this beautiful setting
We would dine at Sistina more often but the noise level is extremely high
We are unable to take elderly friends or relatives as they would not be able to hear/converse

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R
Tampa
92 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We added this restaurant to our 'must return to' list. It is tucked into an upper Eastside neighborhood on a quiet street and no obvious signage. Once inside you'll find a cozy bar (where we dined) and beyond the bar, a lovely dining area. Our server was gracious and had good recommendations. Wine Spectator recognizes Sistina's wine list (grand award) and the by-the-glass options are quite good. There were varied and many tempting options on the menu. We both ordered pasta and our choices were sublime. If you like Italian food and drink, you will love this place!

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NM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food and service was out of this world!

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LN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Truffle oil was in the "special" soup that three of us ordered . . . it was not mentioned in the description, but we could smell and taste it. When we asked, they denied it and refused to take the soup back and it was $28 per bowl. None of us liked it.
For what the food costs here, the staff / kitchen should be more accommodating. We won't be returning to Sistina.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It is my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC, but so loud I could barely hear the conversation at our table. I wish they could put in something to muffle the noise level a bit.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good Italian food and wine. Beautiful classical interior w modern art. Wait staff pleasant and knowledgeable. One small criticism. The Chef presented a complementary appetizer which I was unable to enjoy because of gluten intolerance which was mentioned at the time of the booking. The dish was taken away. It would have been the mark of a great restaurant to have made an adjustment. Still an overall enjoyable experience.

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SA
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite restaurant for more than 50 years. Never disappoints; proprietor Giuseppi Bruno an old friend by now!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Downside: Table jammed in a corner. Very noisy neighbors. Price of wines over the top.
Upside: Food and presentation, as always excellent. Food very good. Service excellent.

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