King Umberto Restaurant

4.8
740 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(516) 352-3232
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pietro Fuschetto
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Private party facilities
We offer a private dining room for parties up to 70 people. Parties may be held, Monday thru Friday night, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday.
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Private party contact
Ciro or Franco: (516) 352-3232
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Catering
Can't come to us? We offer off-site catering for parties of 25-150 people. We will come to your venue, set up, serve and clean up. We offer half trays and full trays of your favorite dishes. Ask one of our managers today, how we can cater your party.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
Municipal lot across the street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love everything about King Umberto. The old world atmosphere to the warm hospitality, amazing food & service. Even on a Sunday night when Ciro is off the place runs like a fine oiled machine. The fried cavatelli is a MUST, the Veal Parm second to none & everything else on the menu is just simply wonderful. To top it off the Dulce de Leche is the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Thank you Rosario, Ciro & the entire staff. Can’t wait to come back.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual. Delicious food. Great selection of daily specials. I had the Striped bass special. Santos, our server was fantastic as always. Never a bad meal.

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ME
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding place with large menu and excellent food. Not cheap, but good value for money. Will return soon. This was my fourth time there.

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LS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. Food is great and they know how to treat customers.. our favorite place to dine.

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FS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, Great Service, Friendly Staff with a family atmosphere...

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always King Umbertos is second to none. Love this restaurant. Service and food are always fabulous

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LS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything perfect as usual. Food and service it’s normal excellence.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite Italian restaurant. The waiters are warm and professional, and the food is spectacular. We appreciate, too, the many specials and the variety to the menu. Whether date night with my wife or celebrations with friends and family, this place always makes it special.

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j
Atlantic City
50 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always King Umberto’s never lets us down. Best restaurant on Long Island... best food... service... just the best!

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

Made a reservation for 5 thru Open Table-family getting together for an early Christmas Dinner-Our waiter Joseph made the whole experience wonderful-he amazed us all on how he remembered our whole order without writing it down from appetizers to the main course-he was professional/personable and had a great personality-the food was delicious and the atmosphere was very festive for the holidays-i would highly recommend King Umberto restaurant for any occasion or just for casual dining at its best-the wait staff/server plated our appetizers for us and made sure we were comfortable and never an empty glass whether it be water or a beverage-just a wonderful experience over all

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A
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, & our water was excellent! Love coming here every time I’m up from Florida this is my favorite restaurant!

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e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service ! Wonderful food ! Old school Italian with a modern twist ! Capellini a must try ! Fried angle hair pasta ! #so good! Old school basics chicken parmigiana, veal Marsala ..etc

Try the specials ! They are the modern twist -osso buco - braised short ribs - ink pasta with seafood !

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F
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening
Got seated promptly
We had crab cakes to start.. they were delicious. I especially loved the dill sauce that accompanied it
Everyone enjoyed the main courses
Veal was tender and tasty
Our friend had chicken piccata and cleaned his plate
Very enjoyable experience

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food on Long Island.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

King umberto has always been respectible and the service is outstanding. Food is great

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p
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had early dinner with 9 friends and family. Food was excellent and well prepared, both meat and seafood. They can make essentially whatever you want to eat even if its not on the menu. Well, maybe not caribou or snake meat... The place is loud, but its a "happy" loud; people having fun. Prices are reasonable. You will like it.

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MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always great food and service
Must try the fried cappalini and stuffed veal chop

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FJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, at King Umberto’s is always delicious. On Friday night, the food lived up to our expectations.

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JJ
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I know this place has a great reputation since I went to high school nearby over 40 years ago. But I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. Not by the food so much but by feeling Iike my friends and I had been gouged and taken for fools.

I made a reservation for 8 old friends from the neighborhood and asked for a round. They did not have a round. I asked for a square of 8 (2 on each side). When I arrived, I discovered that their solution was a long table 3 on each side and 1 at each end. That was disappointing but I did not want to create a fuss because some of our party was already seated. The waiter (who was very nice and accommodating) suggested an antipasto selection for the table. It was served as a small plate to each. It was tasty but not worth what they charged us. If felt like we were taken advantage of. One meal was sent back as it was way too salty.

The pizza is great there. My shrimp fra diavlo was delicious but a smaller portion of pasta than I expected for $24.

In Summary: Sadly, I'm thinking that neither I or my friends will be back soon.

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MZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing but consistent and phenomenal food and service - Ciro, Rosario and team know how to treat people and make you feel at home while serving you top notch authentic Italian meal. Kudos to King Umbertos!

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! I love this place

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love king umbertos!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the service was great as well as the food. Good ambience and my dad really enjoyed his first visit here will be back.

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j
Atlantic City
50 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant on the island. Period! Service is fantastic!

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. A bit noisy.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we arrived our table was set up so that we could all face one another to talk. The waiter was very accommodating to find something for a guest that wasn't on the menu. Lastly he didn't mind giving out nine separate checks as many of the group were single women. He made sure to wrap up any leftovers. We'll be back again!

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L
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular at this long-standing venue. When my friend from California asked for authentic Italian food, something she misses out west, it was no question where we would go. Santos was our server, and like all servers at King Umberto, he was attenttive, yet let us enjoy a girls night out with no rushing. I had their linguini with white clam sauce, which is one of the best I've ever had. We enjoyed their patented fried cappellini as an appetizer, and my friend had their chicken parm with gluten free penne, which they served with vodka sauce as per her request. King Umberto is consistent with their service, quality of food, and ability to make all guests feel like family.

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

Always amazing!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been one of our favorite restaurants. Always great food and great service.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service and food. Portions were very large. Will definitely return next time I’m in the area.

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AO
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been our favorite Italian restaurant for 14 years and counting.

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l
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent

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LD
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exquisite and the food was absolutely delicious from appetizers to dessert!

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K
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance, great service. Thank you Joseph!

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JZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

One of only a few Long Island restaurants that encourages you to have a relaxing drink before ordering. Service is old school professional, red wine is decanted, chef will make items not on menu, items shared are split in kitchen. Don’t miss the linguini with olive oil and fried garlic and the pounded fried veal chop (enough for two or three people!). Lasagna and potato croquets also outstanding.

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined with ten friends. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. Everyone was very satisfied with their selections which included: Stuffed Veal Chops, Veal Cutlet Parmigiana, Eggplant Rollatini, Pasta, Grilled Shrimp, and Grilled Octopus. The wines and cocktails were great, too.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Impeccable service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was amazing and the price was reasonable. The only issue i had was the lighting—way too dim, had to put my glasses on couldn’t see anything and had to use my phone light to see the menu.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Authentic favorite; good value, always good, tradition after a day at Belmont, nice, fast staff. EXCELLENT bread baskets and plenty of it! That alone keeps us coming back. Good, fast bartender-- Even if waiting for a table, he makes it painless. Good private areas for dinner parties too.

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LH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

the king is always an enjoyable dining experience, the service , outstanding, the food, outstanding

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