Sistina

4.8
555 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sistina restaurant, one of the most highly rated Italian restaurants in New York City, has been impressing its sophisticated clientele for almost 30 years. Host/owner/chef Giuseppe Bruno, the Zagat Survey's "Host of the Year", is responsible for every aspect of his restaurant, from greeting his devoted patrons, to preparing special meals and dishes upon request.

DRESS CODE: committed to a certain excellence, our dress code is smart casual. We do not require men to wear a jacket or tie, but we politely ask that you please avoid SHORTS, FLIP FLOPS AND SNEAKERS.
CANCELATION: For parties of 5 and over we require credit card information to make the reservation. If you wish you cancel your reservation, please do so 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant in a timely fashion will result in a $50 cancelation fee per person in the group.


What 555 People Are Saying
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DA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out with dear friends for dinner. Sistina is beautiful. The service attentive, and the food delicious.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, especially those white asparagus with morels mushrooms and black truffles . Fun energetic ambiance and a great service . Of course a great wine list. Good for a celebration highly recommended

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina has great food and service. Outstanding, we will definitely coming back.

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WH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Know it well, always a superb experience, whether for a special occasion or a Sunday night last-minute dinner

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VS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic!
The food and service was incredible! So glad we came!

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S
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place in the neighborhood!!
Love all the pretty flowers they have in the spring and summer!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is truly a fantastic restaurant. My first time there but for sure won't be the last. The food at Sistina is just amazing! Each dish is made of fresh and marvelous ingredients - with perfect seasoning and presentation. The service was just perfect, great timing on service , attentive but invisible , always gracious. The wine list is carefully curated and their desserts were delicious. Loved it!

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sistina remains one of my favorite special occasion restaurant. It provides outstandingly delicious and beautifully presented food and attentive but not obtrusive service in a lovely brownstone setting. My one quibble is the $18 price for a side order of Brussels sprouts.

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

Wonderful food, amazing service , great place to
have lunch. Highly reccomend this place .

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience at Sistina! Really good food ambiance and great service . Highly recommend this place

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MR
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Expensive but excellent all around. Lovely for special occasions.

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b
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered "medium' veal chop and received "well done" but did not complain, except now you are asking
generally wonderful svce and ambience and pricey

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E. Tennessee
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and the ambiance was lovely! Our servers were so kind and made sure our experience was perfect!!

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S
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Sistina since it opened on the UES and have never been disappointed.
The owner Giuseppe might not be the friendliest person in the restaurant business how ever he over sees every little detail to make sure your dining experience is excellent.

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SY
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

BEWARE! This restaurant is not welcoming to WOMEN ONLY patrons! Arrived there with my mother and adult daughter to celebrate my mother's completion of cancer treatment. We were the first patrons to arrive at the restaurant and were seated at the rear of the restaurant next to the kitchen and waiter’s staging table. When asked if we could be seated elsewhere, we were told that EVERY table had already been requested! When they presented the feature wine of the day, I asked what kind of wine it was and was actually told it was, "Italian".  We initially tried to leave a review and the restaurant attempted to prevent us from doing so by deleting our reservation. We requested open table to reinstate (thank you!) My media savvy daughter opted to find another restaurant nearby and we found a much much better place to enjoy before our broadway show. This place is too stuffy and unwelcoming to half of the population. Do not return without your male escort!!!

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

I am very passionate about Italian food and everything was delicious. Slightly pricey but worth it very satisfied we recommend this place for special occasions

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

food service and wine were all excellent.we love this place and try to go when we're in town. We brought friends who had not been before and they loved it too. Also, there's a great wine list! And a lot of good specials definitely we will back soon sistina is now our favorite spot

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ID
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Food, Great Service- could not be better....

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SM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Lovely setting. Mediocre service...too much "attentiveness" like they needed to turn over the table quickly. It was not crowded on this night so this approach was definitely not warranted. No need also to recite 20 items that are "specials" before one has a chance to see the menu. This is not an upscale approach for an elegant restaurant.... this is managements fault, not the particular waiter.Food was good but prices were outrageous especially for wines. Most marked up over400%.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sistina is a upper east side gem .the atmosphere is great and the service is the perfect balance of attentive without being intrusive. The menu is great with lots of specials options to satisfy anyone. Small details like the friendly welcome, delicious olives and perfect bread to start make you feel like you’re on home.The rest of our evening was great with excellent food and wine and even better conversation with the friendly staff . We highly recommend this restaurant

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.Food was delish, we had fresh pasta with truffle pasta big enough to share also they have a tons of specials all sounds really good definitely we will try next time.the place had atmosphere.Worth the price-tag. Restrooms clean also. Great
spot in the best area

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been coming to Sistina every year for two years now and it never disappoints! The quality and variety of food is incredible,we loved the deserts as well,and the vibe is fantastic - so fun and positive! Also, the wait staff is always very on top of things, accommodating and friendly. Definitely highly recommended

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CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The appetizers were incredible. My scallops were overcooked and the presentation was not great. No fresh cheese was offered for our pasta. Our cheese pasta and broccoli was not very cheesy at all. Overall, the main entrees were overpriced and not that interesting or tasty. The dessert was delicious.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant's decor is lovely....... very conducive to conversation. Food is excellent even though I would suggest it is overpriced. Service is almost too attentive. There is a tendency to rush one through their dinner. Wine is very overpriced.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good, not great compared to the value for money. Waiter had to tell us verbally about the 40 specials they had. He was nice to do so, but was hard to follow everything. Ended up with a $75 pasta dish that was not worth the money. Wouldn’t come again.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, and wine was fantastic! We will certainly return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at many good restaurants in NYC but this is one of our favorites. Everything was impeccable.

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MF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a bit pricey but very good

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J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Sistina many times, for lunch and for dinner. I find it to be a gorgeous place, especially the Garden Room where you feel as if you are dining outside. The service is impeccable and not intrusive. I have never ordered a dish that was not delicious. I keep coming back. It is pricey, but the prices are well-deserved!

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A
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful setting with outstanding service and ambiance. Will definitely return again.
A neighborhood gem perfect for special occasions!!

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PB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much prefer the main dining area when sitting for two.

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AK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never write reviews but I will about Sistina. This place is always outstanding! Great food, beautiful dining room, and excellent service. Our waiter Jahangir was supper attеntive, friendly and sweet. We had a wonderful lunch. Thank you! And we will be back soon

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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very, very good but more expensive than expected

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Experience, food was outstanding and service was first class Truly a remarkable experience,we definitely recommend coming back again sooner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience. We have been to Sistina several occasions and it is consistently delicious. This past week, we celebrated a birthday. The food was fantastic (in particular the wild mushroom ravioli with truffle cream) and the service was impeccable;Our waiter was particularly attentive to our needs without being overbearing. Great drinks as well 🍹 definitely we are coming back soon

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents 64th anniversary!
Sistine is always fabulous.
Amazing kitchen and ambience.

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JG
New England
99 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good, even excellent Italian cuisine. With daily specials the menu has a lot of choices. Since it was white truffle season, they had them, but made no mention of what certainly would have been a stunning price had we not known. There is a "good value" couple pages on the wine list with about a 3+X markup, but the superb and vast rest of the wine list looks more like 4x-5x (maybe more for some). If you have a day or two to browse you might find something of better value. The food is more reasonable than the wine.

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W
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Most beautiful bar in Manhattan. Delicious, elegant, thoughtful menu, charming service, and charming owner Giuseppe. Favorite neighborhood spot - never get tired of it!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to sistina for the first time after hearing many good reviews from others and we were not disappointed. I highly recommend the veal and the pasta dishes. My scallops with black truffle were quite delicious as well. We loved the desserts and the extra treats the waiter gave us. They also have a lot of specials they where so many that we couldn’t remember so impressed for the way the waiter described we will try the next time, but the a la carte dishes also looked tempting. It was an altogether delightful repast and I highly recommend Sistina to anyone looking for creative pasta and meat dishes served by a professional staff

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