Cafe Fiorello

4.7
7749 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Reservations are for inside only. There is a 90 min time limit on indoor tables.
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Our outdoor cafe is open with heat lamps! It is non-reservable, and for walk-ins only. There is a 60 min time limit for outdoor tables.
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We are still open for delivery and pick up!
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A forum for Lincoln Center’s performing arts culture for nearly 30 years, Café Fiorello features a sprawling bar filled with more than 50 kinds of antipasti. Finished in warm wood, brass and mirrors, the main dining room suggests a timeless charm. In addition to the hot and cold antipasto specialties of vegetables and seafood, the menu features updated Italian classics and specialty dishes, as well as a selection of seafood, steak, veal & pasta.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 7749 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLisaloo
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's delicious but expensive.

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vipAndreaB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good experience. We were seated right away for our reservation time during this busy day. The ambience and decor are lovely. Service and food very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! . NY IS BACK!

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TKMc
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Fiorellos. I think the pizza is my fave in the city!

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KL185
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed lunch outside on a beautiful day. We were seated closer to the sidewalk which increased the noise level from road traffic. Both enjoyed the Ott rose to start. I had the spaghetti carbonara which was very good -- rich with egg and cheese. Caesar salad with grilled chicken was a perfect summer entrée. Service was efficient and pleasant.

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ljup
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience started from the minute I checked in with the person at the outside front desk.The professionalism exhibited during the handoff to our table prompted me to exclaim "Whoa"to myself.The waiter, Kevin,handled all of our requests effortlessly.He made this evening very enjoyable.The food was great!!! Oh,did I mention there were five of us. We will spread the word that this is the place for great food and great service!!

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vipTonyS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good meal. Best to be outside.
Good NY vibe.

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bustermom
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first time at Fiorello, by far. But it never disappoints. Well recommended.

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dasblank
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Alas, one of our all-time favorite local restaurants has decidedly declined in recent years - it began to do so prior to the Pandemic, and has now even more so. Grumpy waiter seemed annoyed to be at work; never checked on us or offered a 2d glass of wine, etc. Food came out within 5" of ordering -- not making us feel relaxed or confident that it had been freshly prepared. The vegetable tart was inedibly insipid; the Spaghetti Carbonara gloppy and greasy. The wine glass was as thick as a coke bottle and the wine itself -- I know that better quality can be had for even the lower price ranges of bulk ordering. No oil or butter was served with the bread, even though we had to pay for the bread (which had the effect of making us feel nickel-and-dimed. The floor was littered with food droppings; the whole place looks dingy and grimy. I used to love bringing people here. This time I was embarrassed.

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MollyA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

really incredible food and service! only thing that was not ideal was the street noise was very distracting with outdoor seating

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vipDanaP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best!!!

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vipBudSailing
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This local Lincoln Center haunt is the perfect place to go for delicious comfort food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Pancakes!

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JessicaP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A staple. Always a great place to go and they treat you like family.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiorello is a consistently great restaurant. Food is tasty and the portions are sizable. Additionally, everyone that works there is very professional and makes sure you have everything you need.

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vipRobgmd
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lyndon and Ruben are fantastic and the food, the Dover sole yummy

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vipSnowy
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The food was not as good as it used to be

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family meeting

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vipTedC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An old favorite, it hasn't changed much. Food fine - seemed a little pricey - and it was nice to be back in an old neighborhood hang.

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vipjgold
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great, waiter totally accommodating . . . what more need be said!

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vipMarcyM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fiorello's never disappoints. Service and food are always outstanding. It's a bit expensive, but I always come back anyway!

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vipMrCPW
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me Cafe Fiorello is a neighborhood restaurant. There are many great Italian restaurants in Nyc, and Cafe Fiorello is certainly one of them. Professional staff and a variety of seating options. The Veal Milanese is my favorite. And worth noting is the expert cocktail service offered.

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vipNana
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our granddaughter loved her evening out with her grandparents as did we; food was good, prices fairly high, ac not working all that well but all in all it was a nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a lovely restaurant that is abs

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Pats
69 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was very good if a little pricey. Service was excellent. Sat outside and it poured but didn’t feel it under the huge umbrellas. Great pizza and nice Sauternes.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent!!

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Sylvia
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently great meal in a fun atmosphere. We had vegetables from the antipasto bar, fish dishes and pasta dishes. And gelato and espresso for a finishing touch. Lovely dinner. Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant! I’m never disappointed at the quality of the service and food. Fantastic all around!!!

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morsel
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

When I arrived a little after 6, to get seating for a meeting with a distant relative I did not know, the restaurant was almost completely empty, but when I asked for a booth, I was told that the booths had to be saved for parties of four. I have been eating at Fiorello's for 40 years and know that is not true. I was made to sit near the front window (t was chilly there, and it was where a huge party gathered later and waited for along time to be seated.) When I went to the bathroom I saw at least 5 booths with only 2 people in them. This is not good service to someone who has been coming there ff and on for so many years.

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GailD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've eaten at Cafe Fiorello for years and years, and must say that it's much more enjoyable with Covid protocols in place — less crowded means less noisy and less rushed. But the food is as good as ever, even though prices have inevitably gone up.

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James
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a lovely lunch. We’ve been customers of Fiorello for many years and have never been disappointed in any way. I will always give this restaurant 5 stars in every category. Jim Icken and Jeanne Wagner

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vipStephenC
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed my dinner.

Ordered the mixed seafood salad appetizer & chicken cacciatore entree, both of which were very good. The entree portion was huge & I took 1/2 of it home & will enjoy again at home.

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vipPR123
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around as usual. Much enjoyed. We were well taken care of.

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vipJohn
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a bit too pricy but otherwise fine. Food and service were excellent.

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vipKevinC
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was excellent both in terms of the food and also the service. Domenico, our server, was helpful in recommending dishes, attentive to our needs and friendly! Thank you, Domenico!

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vipdisappointed
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

limited menu (due to Covid?) missing many great items.

Veal (milanese) i got was dry and had just a few cherry tomatoes on top - what happened to the salad that is typical for this dish?

server was curt.

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DorothyC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Expensive, but pleasant atmosphere eating outside in the shade on a nice afternoon. My quinoa salad was good, but it had avocado rather than artichoke as the second main ingredient. It was plenty for a light lunch. My friend had a pizza, which she said was tasty, but the crust was so thin that she was glad she only had the Margarita because she didn't think it would hold meat or other heavier toppings.

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vipEugeneF
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is consistently good but oh so pricey.

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dininglovers
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Fiorella, a Lincoln Center Classic. Fine Food, Very Good Friends, & A Light & Peaceful Surround. The Window Table was Very Much Appreciated. Excellent Still Bottled Water for Purchase, Abundant Vegetables, & a Kindly Staff. A Refined Experience in one of the Most Beautiful Cities in the World. Very Close to the Ballet & Theater.

FAQs

Cafe Fiorello offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 595-5330.

Cafe Fiorello is rated 4.7 stars by 7749 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.