Sistina

4.7
634 reviews
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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 send a cancelation email to sistina@sistinany.com a minimum of 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.


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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Sistina’s. The food was fantastic, best Italian food we have had from a restaurant! Great service we are definitely coming back

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S
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined their over 20 times and never disappoints.

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BS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a special dinner. We got there early after a matinee show. We got a great corner table.
Waiters could not do enough for us. We tried all specials. One dish was better than the next.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambience, attentive service, delicious food. An all around wonderful experience.

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sistina is a particularly upper east side hybrid of white cloth-important-occasion-Restaurant, and neighborhood-dinner-standby. (Albeit a very tony neighborhood.) We saw everything from business attire to tee-shirts, from special occasion diners to families who appeared to be getting a bite with their teenagers. It's a luxurious, beautiful townhouse space where you could comfortably take an important guest, but because it has a steady local clientele, it's unpretentious and almost (but not too) relaxed.
Oh the food? Exquisite. Our worldly out of town friends were very impressed.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, wine all very high quality

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HJ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went post Met. We were a bit underdressed, but they were kind and sat us. The service was really excellent here, both good natured and highly attentive. The ambience is grand old house meets modern art and it is tastefully done. The food is not a gourmet experiment, but solid execution of standards with high quality provisions. The wine list is expansive, but it is expensive with few moderate priced options. But there is quite a bit offered by the glass. The breadsticks are the best in the world, hands down. We will go back.

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TZ
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The couple at the table next to us argued incessantly and appeared to be generally unhappy. We met a elderly woman with a cool brocade jacket at the Maitre de station who was nice. I hope this is 50 words so I can get on with my life.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had a terrible experience.
I sent back a shrimp appetizer saying to me it didn’t seem fresh.
The maitre’d John,(I believe that was his name) starting yelling at me that I was wrong, and he was right, that it was fresh.
Many people witnessed it.
We asked to see the manager but we’re told he had left the building.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. The chef is a treasure..

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J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as usual.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service staff was rude, argumentative,inattentive which was so far removed from the grace of the atmosphere. They were poorly trained, didn’t respect or even realize they worked for the customers.

One of the wait staff forgot to offer us a dessert special of wild strawberries even though they were offered to tables on both sides of us. When my date Asked the waiter why he didn’t offer it to us he told her that he did offer it and she had a short memory and it wasn’t his fault if she could not remember. I confronted him and I said I am sure he didn’t offer it to us. He replied that he did offer it to us so I guess he was saying we both could not remember.

I was astounded by this extremely rude response and I asked him to apologize. He refused.

This guy should not be a waiter anywhere especially not at a very expensive exclusive restaurant.

Wait staff like this can ruin a restaurants reputation. In this case it certainly did.
The owners will pay for the unbelievable behavior of untrained angry staff by allowing such behavior to exist.

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BC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for a nice lunch before heading to the Met.
Sistina was absolutely fabulous.
The food, service and comfortable setting were beyond what we were expecting.
We definitely plan on returning to try some of the other wonderful dishes.

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SW
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch or dinner. We met friends for dinner then returned the next day for lunch! Food was fantastic! It’s a little noisy, but so is any place in NYC!

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G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elegant dining in a converted townhouse. The beautiful surroundings are only exceeded by the magnificent cuisine. Excellent wine list at fair prices.

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C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food, but very expensive. Very loud. Not great value.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinner ever. Food was authentic, unique and delicious.

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C
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian, Best Restaurant, Best Service, Best Food, Best Owner

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ML
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently perfect, this is where I take my best friends or business associates to impress them. Ultra fresh ingredients, fine cooking, a lovely bar and a dining room that is as elegant as they come without being stuffy in the least. The service is also perfect. I can't come to Manhattan without dining at Sistina!!!

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M
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly a great time at a beautiful restaurant. Lunch was delicious and quiet at a reasonable price for the elegant service.

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants we've ever experienced. Excellent atmosphere, impeccable service, and food of the highest quality. A great place within walking distance of the Met for an unforgettable evening.

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VH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Perfect for our daughters’s graduation celebration dinner,

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a
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance, service, and food here is excellent--you will not be disappointed. Probably one of the best meals I have ever had anywhere. Be aware that this all comes with a very high tariff. Great place to have lunch after going to the Met, but you might want to check the credit limit on your card before you arrive (very expensive)!

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WE
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I rarely give five stars, but Sistina deserves them. This is an elegant restaurant. Outstanding service, delicious food, wonderful wines and a lovely decor combine to make dining here a delightful experience. Of course, wonderfulness has a high price tag. This is an expensive place to dine, but, if your budget allows it, you can't do much better than to eat here.

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r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was good. My husband and I shared the arugula and pear salad which was very good. The branzino al sale was very good. The homemade black linguine with calamari, clams, mussels and roasted red pepper was a little disappointing. The Linguine itself was a little bland and the calamari was chewy. I expected the clams and mussels to be in their shell but were not.
We shared a gelato order - a trio of chocolate gelato, pistachio gelato and passion fruit sorbet. The chocolate geleato was excellent and went very well with the passion fruit. The pistachio gelato was so so.

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L
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Our 4th visit and we will return. Pxs are high but given quality, innovativeness of dishes and portion sizes, they are reasonable. Lovely ambiance and nicely-spaced tables for quiet. Exceptional service.

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C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary and we couldn’t ask for a better restaurant

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LW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After spending the afternoon at The Met we had a fantastic dinner at Sistina. The service was top notch, and all the food was fantastic. There were a ton of specials. I had an amazing oyster dish. The pasta entrees were perfection. I had a perfect fettuccine. Dessert (chocolate soufflé) was one of the best we’ve ever had. All around great experience.

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N
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cuisine and service. Wine list pricey

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D
Palm Springs
143 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very excellent restaurant

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RA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS OUTSTANDING....Beautiful...and pricey. One of my favorite Italian restaurants in NYC. Been a fan for 20 years and still go back every week. A "must go' restaurant in NY.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Surprised us with a complimentary of delicious pizza Everything from the martinis ,clams over spaghetti to veal chop pallard with mushroom sauce was delicious! Hope to return sometime

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real authentic Italian cuisine with attentive dining staff. The restaurant is cozy and a relaxed vibe Service was well-timed and friendly, food was great and affordable.We had fry oysters to start home made fettuccine for main course delicious,we definitely coming back soon

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HS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Too noisy. To expensive. Excellent waiter. Great selection.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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BR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience all around. Food outstanding. Service very attentive. Great location.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was also terrific. We had the soft shell crabs which were delicious. The staff is great and they never rushed us at all. We actually stayed a while and were the last party to leave the dining area.

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N
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most professional delivery of food, ambience and service. Fully priced.

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L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, amazing food , amazing staff and a very good wine list. We love this place.

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