La Ginestra - NY

4.8
202 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.
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n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!!

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d
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never misses a best even on Valentine’s day service and food were both outstanding

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AM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ... it was our first time to the restaurant and everything was amazing...the food, service, wine, etc. We will return and share our experience with our family, friends and colleagues.

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

Awesome. The service and food was outstanding.

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M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ginestra is one of our favorites. We come back time and time again, sometimes for weeks on end, just because everything they serve is delicious, beautifully presented and professionally done. We always feel at home and are never disappointed. We were there Saturday night and plan to return with friends this coming Saturday night.

We used to live relatively close by, and now travel nearly 30 miles each way to continue to enjoy this wonderful place. Need I say more??

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D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Have dined here several times and it has been good
On my most recent visit we placed our order and one hour later still did not have our food inquired with server she flippantly said it was being plated. The people across from us had appetizers and mains before we finally got our appetizer. We waited another 40 minutes before telling her to cancel our main and bring check. She said there would be no charge however the owner on the way out said “sorry the waitress messed up and didn’t put
Your order in”
That to me is WRONG as a business owner you never throw your staff under the bus. You apologize for the bad experience and ask the people to come back another time (on them) to attempt to save the customers business.
Bad move on the part of this restaurant. Will never go back again

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food,service and the ambience are almost perfect on a weekday night. I have eaten here many times and every dish is perfect. This is one of the great restaurants in Nassau Countu

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EP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! We loved it-it’s always fantastic

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r
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place

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LA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Ginestra is a fabulous restaurant for any occasion. I’ve been there for many of them and I’ve been going there for 30 years, never a bad meal. The attention to keeping customers happy in every way has been something I’ve experienced all this time! I will continue to go to my favorite place and hopefully it will be for many more years to come! Good Luck

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JE
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have s fantastic meal @ La Ginestra

It is one of my favorites

Food is great, service amazing

I love La Ginestra for any occasion

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M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as we have come to expect in our long history of dining at La Ginestra. We have NEVER been disappointed with any aspect of our dining experience on this wonderful north shore Italian cuisine.

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SM
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here all the time Always great food! Great for bug groups or just a date night

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LO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, always consistent

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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

This is our special occasion go to restaurant. The food the service everything as usual was wonderful.
Love Love Love LaGinestra

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, our new best place

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LJ
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great knowledgeable staff.
Creative menu and everything delicious!

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CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the price! Entrees included veggies and starch no alacarte. Casual to dressy. Very friendly staff. Food was fresh and delicious.

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l
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff, nice atmosphere

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c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome awesome awesome
Nothing less than Stellar

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. We always enjoy our meal

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MR
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Dinner was outstanding. The dishes we ordered were prepared perfectly. Service was courteous responsive and attentive

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner on Friday evening and had four fantastic dinners. Everyone had a different meal. I had the grilled veal rib chop and it was done to perfection. Everyone else enjoyed their meals without complaint. It was not an inexpensive restaurant.

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l
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good. Noise level is high. Dessert was never offered to us. The waiter brought us biscotti with our coffee followed by the bill. Very odd.

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection! Calamari appetizer and shrimp appetizer were delicious. Entrees equally well done. I had their wonderfully simple, elegant pasta dish which is hard to find— especially for those of us who want clean good food. The fish dishes were just as scrumptious. The 4 of us couldn’t be happier. Get the Napoleon for dessert— homemade - you’ll go straight to heaven—the real thing.

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M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ginestra is one of our favorites. The cuisine is consistently excellent, as is the ambiance, the welcome and warmth offered by the ownership, and further complemented by excellent wait staff.

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LM
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. Too bad it was so loud that we could hardly hear each other

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always great food. Gus is terrific. Food very authentic. Going there for years. Will keep going back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with attentive service.

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M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ginestre has been a favorite of ours for many years. Hosts Enzo and Gus can't do enough for you to make you feel welcome and happy to have made the choice to visit their wonderful restaurant. We have never had a dinner that we couldn't call exceptional and delicious! Starting with generous cocktails and extraordinary breadsticks to creative and delicious appetizers to plentiful and varied main courses, we have never made a bad choice. Lastly, their chocolate mousse dessert is thick and spectacular and the perfect close to an excellent dining experience!

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed it so much!

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The restaurant was full and it was so noisy, we really couldn't have a conversation with anyone except the one or two people we were seated next to. I supposed that is a hazard of going out to eat on Saturday night. The food and service, however, as usual, were excellent!

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F
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Honestly, wasn't so fab. We have been there several times over the years for dinners and private parties but, there was nothing special this time about the food. Grilled chicken paillard was nothing special, pasta app (pasta bolognese/duck ragu) wasn't great. Even the bloody mary was filled with ice and not memorable. For the prices, kind of disappointed. But the restaurant has such a great track record that we would go there again. Won't be our fist choice on a Saturday night though.

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M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite for us. Always high quality, excellent food and service, and friendly owners. Used to be an easy ride and now significantly greater because of our move. And we still come back!!!
Can’t recommend highly enough.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Italian restaurant on Long Island. Impeccable service, food consistently delicious, always cooked fresh to order with the finest and freshest ingredients in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.. Enzo runs a top notch kitchen and Gus manages the flow of the evening with expert skill and finesse. It’s our “go to” and never disappoints. Love it all around.

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CG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was really good. I called and was told we can bring our own wine. So I did but was a little taken back when I looked at the bill the next day and was charged $30 corking fee for EACH bottle. Thought that was excessive and should have been told both on the phone and upon arrival by our waiter. Put a bad taste in my mouth. Restaurant is extremely loud as well.

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d
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service impeccable
Can make any dish you want Fish always perfect Only a bit noisey

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LA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had 4 people in our party! We had great conversation and heard each other! This place has impeccable service and the best food!

I have been coming here for years and never had a bad meal!

I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion!

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F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and friendly, excellent food with a special touch. The specials list is so long you can’t keep up.

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