La Ginestra - NY

4.8
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298 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 298 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
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4.6
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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Beautifully prepared. Professional staff. Authentic recipes .

M
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there with my best and only date - my beautiful wife. As always the ambiance was great, the food delicious, the staff superb, and the hosts as friendly and accommodating as can be.

a
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

always good very busy but food is always wonderful

DA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

CC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good but we were rushed out of the restaurant

EG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was great. I would definitely eat there again.

a
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

LD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in all ways. The friendliness, service, ambience and food superb! I would rate this gem a “10” Cannot wait to go back!

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and customer service is always amazing!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal in a warm and friendly setting with courteous and professional staff. My favorite place!!

HF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is off the charts great. Very nice dining wxperience

M
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I identified this as a special occasion because every time we visit La Ginestre it is a special occasion. The food is superb, the service is extraordinary, and the hosts could not be more kind, genuine, and friendly.

ML
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a splendid place for dinner. The food and service are excellent, the room is very comfortable and no matter what night we go, the patrons seem always to be having a good time. A favorite entree of mine: Halibut over pureed cauliflower

s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special Place, Priceless, Beautiful way to spend a special occasion with love ones.

MT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best! We always have a wonderful experience at Ginestra! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!! Beautiful way to spend any Sunday evening.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

👍👍 Best dining experience on Tehran North Shore!

M
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It must be great! We keep coming back for more!
This was the second time we did a dinner for 6 in 4 weeks, bringing our close friends back for everything they enjoyed the last time and then some.
Excellent food, service, ambiance, and overall hospitality. Couldn't be more pleased.

EO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good restaurant with good food BUT it’s quite loud. Hard to have a conversation.

M
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service every time! Melissa was the best. Between her incredible sense of humor and charm, and her wonderful ability to see to it that everything is just perfect, you can't help but want to come back for more and more!

Our ongoing compliments to the chef, our hosts and hostess, and the entire team at La Ginestra. We always feel welcome and at home and are proud to bring along our closest friends to enjoy with us.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent . So was the service. Not too loud they Yu ohh uh can hear the conversation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good great service great atmosphere great noisy in my seating area and bumped into due to I was in a “bad” seat kept getting bumped. Other than that all was great! I suppose I should have said something but I didn’t 🙄

AH
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian food! I love the Funghi Papperdella and usually have the Branzini Grilled over a mixed salad but this time I had the Eggplant Lasagna which was delicious!
Service is always great - subtle and attentive!

s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

NY
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

La Ginestra is ALWAYS good. It's a repeat customer place, where everyone feels welcome. And the food is consistently delicious !

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants on Long Island! The food and service was amazing as always!

AH
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best bronzini! Pappadella fungi is my favorite appetizer. They’ll even do half orders! Manny always so attentive and non intrusive! Thanks Gus and Enzo!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday

Food was delicious and plentiful!

Service was friendly and warm!

We would come back in a heartbeat!

Tell your friends and family not to miss the opportunity to dine here!

r
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were there on a Sunday night. Noise level low. The service and food were excellent

OT
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

slightly above average Italian restaurant. When it first opened in 1980's it was a hot spot with great Italian food. Now it is the typical Long Island Italian restaurant.

ES
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from beginning to end..service, food, atmosphere. Highly recommend!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, as always

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and won’t be last time. Service and ambience - first rate. Food was outstanding. We will be back.

M
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as always.

j
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent with a warm welcome.
Our go-to for a night out with friends and family

LJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!!!! Great service!!!! Ownership makes you feel special!!!!

M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't believe I've been living on Long Island all my life and never heard of La Ginestra. Our first dinner at this neighborhood gem won't be our last. The food is outstanding and the service great. What more can I ask?

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

,food and service exceptional. Unfortunately the place is not large and you can feel very cramped.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is uniformly excellent. La Ginestra is one of our favorite restaurants and, although not nearby, is well worth the drive. Gus and Enzo are warm and accommodating hosts who significantly contribute to making our dining experience (apart from the great food) so positive each and every time.