King Umberto Restaurant

4.8
895 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasions
King Umberto had brought the delicious taste of Italy to the corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Meacham Avenue since 1976. We offer a welcoming elegant decor with superior service, perfect for any large group or parties of two. In addition to having a warm atmosphere we carry an extensive wine list, that consists of over 350 wines, with years vertical, and is recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with an award of excellence in 2010. When it comes to our large selection of generous mouth watering appetizers and main courses we know how to please. Famous for the original Fried Capellini® and daily specials prepared by executive chefs Pietro Fuschetto and Giovanni Lombardi. Our menu is classic Italian cuisine with a worldly influence and will surely leave you satisfied, but you can't seem to leave without indulging in our homemade desserts.

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Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 9:00PM

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

King Umbertos offers stellar renditions of the Italian-American staples you might expect. The wine list is truly special, featuring thoughtful selections at all price points. The decor is somewhat old fashioned, but charming in its way, and the staff was extremely welcoming and helpful in navigating the menu.

M
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

If Nonna is no longer cooking, you can use KU as Nonna’s house and feel right at home!

j
Atlantic City
67 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! The best on Long Island!!!!

GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food best service so inexpensive diamond in the rough

DP
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy ourselves here. The food is outstanding, the wine list is really good and the service is excellent.

DF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guaranteed awesome meal everytime! We have been coming to this establishment for years. The food is top notch and service is always attentive even on a crowded Saturday evening. Nothing compares to this truly authentic Italian restaurant.

VS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Although we had a reservation, we had to wait about 35 minutes. The hostess was very attentive and purchased us each a drink while we waited. The food is always excellent, and the crab cakes, pork chops and halibut special were no exception. Our waiter did leave a bit to be desired, as he was not very attentive. The place was quite busy that night with multiple parties.

j
Atlantic City
68 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful time and meal at King Umberto’s! The best restaurant on Long Island no doubt about that! Service is just as good as the food and the food is the best Italian meal on the island!

SF
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Parking was easy in lot across the street. Comfortable temperature in room on hot evening. Not cheap but reasonable.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic restaurant. This was our first visit and we loved it! We were celebrating a family member’s birthday and it was the perfect spot. Menu is wide ranging - classic Italian dishes and daily specials. Food was excellent. Entrees are very generously sized. Waitstaff is professional and attentive. Enjoy.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service and best authentic Italian food! I’ve been coming here for years with my family and we have never had a bad meal here. The waiters make you feel like family. All around the best Italian restaurant there is!

DT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by a steady customer, and did not disappoint. Our waiter Johnny was very knowledgeable about all the food . suggested a family style of appetizers since everything sounded so good. I had the lamb chops which were scrumptious, the linguini garlic and oil fantastic. Loved all the fresh garlic. My husband had the stuffed veal which was also delicious. For desert cappuccinos and peanut butter Moose cake and cannoli. We were celebrating our 45 wedding anniversary. We look forward to bringing our family back . Are you open Christmas Eve and his far in advance do u take reservations. Would love to spend our holiday with you.

WJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went early afternoon for less crowd, view amazing, can't wait to go back.

NF
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have an excellent experience here. My boyfriend has never been and Italian food is his favorite so I told him he had to try it. It exceeded his expectations, as I knew it would. Our server, Joseph, was an absolute doll. He was funny and seemed happy to be there. We started with the baked clams which were excellent. I ordered my usual, Chicken Seafood Cognac which was out of this world (and Joseph’s favorite dish), and my bf ordered something off the menu as Joseph invited him to do - Spaghetti with Meatballs (my bfs favorite all-time dish when going Italian). He demolished his plate. I tried the meatballs and I flipped over them as they remind me of my own homemade meatballs that my grandmother taught me to make. After we were done eating, Jospeh handed us dessert menus and told us not to order yet and to relax. Without us even looking at the menu he asked us if we liked peanut butter. We both started laughing and at the same time said YES. Joseph brought us over the most insanely delicious peanut butter pie ever. We devoured that as well. My bf hasn’t stopped talking about the meal and thanked me for introducing him. I’m extremely happy to say that we will be going there more often! Excellent food, excellent service and perfect atmosphere for that old school Italian feel.

NL
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and the service is impeccable. My family has been coming to this restaurant for years and we have never been disappointed. They will accommodate special orders as a matter of course and will bend over backwards to make sure you are satisfied. The only issue anyone might find is parking availability but at dinnertime you are able to park in the lot around the corner (on Meacham) since the stores there are closed by that time.

AC
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 6 after a day at Belmont last Sat evening. We were seated immediately for our 5:45 res in a roomy round banquette. Our drink orders promptly served with warm rolls & garlic bread. A complimentary salad was served before our entries. We all enjoyed our dinner. Wonderful service & a surprise ice cream dessert. The perfect end to a fun day!

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Fabulous service. Love king umbertos. Our go-to restaurant.

a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food. The best wine list in the area by far.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another birthday celebration & the staff made us all feel special! Great food, great ambiance & great service!

L
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Amazing food was fantastic service

M
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just like going to grandmas house, warm comfortable inviting and simply good food. What more could you ask for, the only thing missing is Nona

RS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful dining experience at KU!!
Our family favorite restaurant!

TB
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been going to KU since the late 70's early 80's and ordered shrimp monachina everytime. This past time the shrimp was over breaded and the dish was not nearly as good. My brother, who has also been going to KU for many years said the same. We both will now hesitate to go back.

I hope this recipe change is not a permanent one.

RS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always a treat to dine at KU. We love this restaurant—food is fabulous and the staff attentive!

N
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant consistently good food

NH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Parking tough and wait for service low but overall food and value high

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

King Umberto was outstanding as always with our favorite waiter, Joseph! It is always a wonderful restaurant to celebrate a birthday as they make you feel very special and serve a wonderful meal!

f
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional service and food quality always great

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

Always love coming here. Food is fantastic and the service is outstanding!

j
Atlantic City
68 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration at the best Long Island restaurant!

CG
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming for years. Never disappointed. Always treated like “family”!!!

L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant! It never disappoints

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Loud restaurant where the service ignores you because you are a party of two compared to the larger groups dining. It also takes a long time to get your food... the service was bad but the food was good.

DC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was the first time my husband and I went here. My son and his girlfriend have been before. The food was very good, really enjoyed it. Our waiter was amazing. We went for my sons birthday on a Tuesday night, so it wasn’t super busy. Not sure about the weekends. My only con is the tables are really close together, so I did feel some people were on top of us. Too many tables for the space. Otherwise a really good place to eat.

DH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect except parking
Parking is a nightmare at this place and they do not have a valet

JA
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Our server started plating appetizers without asking who ordered which appetizer (only 2 people ordered apps). It's not acceptable to take food back after it's on the plate!
3 of 4 entrees were spot on: prepared well and delicious. One entree was very heavy on the salt, not necessary at all

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

I didn’t tell the waiter we were there for my husband’s birthday because I wrote it in the reservation with open table. They either didn’t receive it or see it. That was disappointing. If you want something special, u must speak up.

VG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always solid, the service exceptional. They always deliver a tremendous experience from tip to tail.

NY
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent Italian food. Service was excellent even on a very busy Saturday night.

PR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always good food and great service
always go after the Belmont Stakes
keep up the good work!

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