Il Cantinori

4.7
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1640 reviews
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$50 and over
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
Il Cantinori, located in Greenwich Village, has been at the forefront of Tuscan cuisine in NYC since its opening in 1983. This old farmhouse with a rustic warmth, stucco walls, wooden beams and voluminous floral arrangements is very romantic and elegant. We combine the unique traditional flavors of the Tuscan countryside with a complete seasonal lunch and dinner menu. We welcome guests with affectionate hospitality, daily specials and a wine list reflective of the northern Italian regions.
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E
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my grandchildren. One a freshman aT NYU from London.
Wanted him to see where his mothers 21st bday party was.
It is was a very expensive dinner

CP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Whenever I’m in the city I eat here. The service people are fabulous. Food is always fresh and great. Highly recommend!

c
Atlanta
75 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fabulous Branzino and s great chopped salad with white beans. The restaurant prepared a veal chop to my husband s specifications and it was excellent. Will definitely return

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was awesome. However, extremely overpriced. We ordered Gnocchi in a 4 cheese source and it was a good portion. However, $34 for a pasta dish with no meat or fish is unreasonable.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wait staff was fantastic as well as the food: Spinach Dumplings were delightfully fluffy & light as was the Pappardelle all’s Buttera (a must order).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always.

LG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent!

VD
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the latest of many visits to il cantinori over the course of years. We were greeted warmly and seated promptly in a table of our choice. Service was friendly but efficient. We were served a delicious and generous amuse bouche of tomato puree and whole grained bread. We found an excellent and fairly priced Barbaresco that went nicely with an early evening summer meal. For starters we tried a beet salad special (good) and grilled calamari (very good), followed by entrees of linguini with clams and artichoke (excellent) and the veal chop (terrific). At $155/pp including drinks, tax and tip, Il Cantinori is no bargain but for the quality of food, service and atmosphere we will return.

S
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

RL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome in every way. Top notch service matched with delicious food. Love this place

Z
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Cantinori is the best! In every regard and every aspect.

p
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Terrific Italian food for special occasions.

JG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The food was poorly prepared and just not very good. Service, ambiance was great but we will not go back. Don't mind paying high prices for a fabulous restaurant but this did not measure up at all.

KG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved everything about this place, food was amazing. Service even better.

M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went during restaurant week so the price was more reasonable. Otherwise , the price is high and , in my opinion , not justified by the quality or the impersonal service .

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Loved everything about it! Service, food, ambiance were all perfect. Maitre D , Frank was charming. The restaurant has been in business 30 years, they get right!

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

A friends Birthday

w
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere, good food, though not outstanding. The prices, though, are outstandingly high.

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We (2) went for lunch during Restaurant Week. The food was quite lovely. An amuse-bouche of fresh, creamy crushed tomatoes and fresh bread was served. We chose the rollotini melanzane and and fegatini di pollo con finochhi as appetizers, followed by the rigatoni buttera and pollo all'amalfitana as main course. After the luncheon we were served a small platter of dessert (brownies and biscotti). The glass of the house Montepulciano wine was the perfect accompaniment to the meal. We will return again.

JJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant is the flawless New York dining experience

g
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were were made to feel very special on our friends anniversary

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been in years and were thrilled to know that
il Cantinori is still excellent in every way! Loved it. Absolutely delicious and the service was impeccable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very pricey for mediocre food. Service is so so based on the price.

MC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all! We sat in the front with the windows open and it was like dining outside. Our server, Dominic was superb. Food so yummy.

JC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place so much. Great food and ambiance. Beautiful flowers and awesome service.

LL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Upon arrival we were promptly seated. That is the last time,I , can you use the word prompt. Service was spotty a best. We were also treated to a side show , as the wait staff was arguing amongst themselves.
The food was fine , 3 of our party ordered the restaurant week menu and were deliciously surprised on their portion sizes. Upon delivering the food to the table the waiter did not know who ordered what.
Dessert was fine except the cannolis were mushy giving the impression they were just thawed.
Based on the unprofessional staff I would think twice before returning. There are numerous Italian restaurants with food equally as good or superior that treat you as a guest

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The first we went was great. Second time food was marginal for NY standards.

S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

THE ROSE WINE WAS SUBLIME...AND IN THAT LOVELY BACK ROOM, YOU FEEL YOU’RE IN THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE...AND FOR SURE IT IS SUMMER. I ORDERED THE PANZANELLA SALAD...SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT TO ASK THEM TO SERVE IT WITH PLAIN LETTUCE AS I’M NOT A FAN OF ARUGULA. IT WAS TASTY BUT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER WITH OUT THE A... AND, WELL, THE TIRAMISU WAS SIMPLY THE BEST E*V*E*R*! IT SIMPLY EVAPORTED FROM LIGHTNESS. I MIGHT GO BACK SOMETIME AND JUST HAVE THAT! CHOICES WERE WONDERFUL AND CHALLENGING. THE ENTIRE IL CANTINORI EXPERIENCE WAS WONDERFUL.

PR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Hadn’t eaten in IL Cantinori in years. The place is warm and welcoming. This is a very expensive restaurant and the food was only so-so. High prices should correlate to excellent food- otherwise you feel had as I did at this restaurant.

CN
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very good italian restaurant, with a nice decoration with fresh flowers. However, very expensive, a little bit too much for the food.

JS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recommended by a family member as we are from Missouri and even took a cab ride from Times Sauare
to eat our evening meal there. The food and service from start to finish was superb. I had rack of lamb and my wife had the halibut and both were cooked to perfection. Can’t wait to eat there again on our next trip.

DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Always enjoy our meals at Il Cantanori and bright friends who had never had the pleasure of dining at Il Cantanori. Everyone left pleased and raving about the meal.

EM
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The meal was delicious. Glad we went back after several years. Definitely save room for the profiteroles.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding evening at Il Cantinori. Great food, service, wine, and ambience. It has never disappointed.

m
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. I downrated value because the menu has gotten "pricey". I've been there several times although I think last was about a year ago. However, a substantial increase can be easily documented. The dessert prices actually paid were 25% more than listed on their website, which is apparently out of date. My cocktail was more expensive than when I visited the restaurant in the Pierre Hotel (although it's been a while and that price may now be higher). This is not meant to be a complaint, just a statement of fact.

CC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lemon gnocchi was a gift to behold. Order it and share it,Fabulous filet mignon. The profiteroles are superb.

p
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I will go back - a really lovely place to meet, sit and talk

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter ordered the veal she said it was delicious, our company had the fish which was very fresh and I ordered the appetizer eggplant rolatini as my dinner which was perfect. The service was prompt, they didn’t make anyone feel rushed to finish by taking the plates of people who finished first before everyone was done eating. The desserts were a reasonable portion. Decaf cappuccino and coffee was very good. It was a Monday night so the restaurant was not packed but still many tables were full when we left at 9:00, we sat in the back room and the noise level was so reasonable I even mentioned it when we were at dinner, it was possible to hear each other talk. I do recommend this restaurant for a nice Italian meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and Carlos was amazing!!!! We will definitely be back.

DD
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance were all wonderful. Highly recommend.

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