La Bussola Ristorante

4.5
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355 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Genuine Italian charm & classic Italian cuisine is what you can expect at this popular restaurant, a landmark for 25 years. A beautiful wood bar leads you into the main dining room that is divided into two sections. Candlelight & fresh flowers on every table, complete the romantic, sophisticated atmosphere.

When you arrive, a combination of warm brick oven, semolina & raisin fennel breads are at your table. Each dish is prepared to order using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes are Osso Bucco, Veal Chop a la Bussola, Red Snapper Livornese, Chicken Campagnola, & Lobster alla Fra Diavolo. Homemade desserts are luscious Italian cheesecake, Napoleon, & their incredible tiramisu. An exceptional wine list features selections from Italy, California & Chile.

You'll receive a warm welcome from the owners & staff of this well established landmark serving authentic Italian cuisine. The professional wait staff, who has been with the family for many years, know the customers.
What 355 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.4
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4.4
Ambience
4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

Terrible service. Totally ignored as they focused on their regular clients. Food was sub standard.

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best LI restaurants-great Italian dishes with generous portions and very attentive service !

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carlo and Armando made my daughter’s Confirmation dinner lovely. Everything was exceptional!

OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time tonight!!

j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

After seeing the ratings as "Exceptional" we decided to give it a try. I have dined at many fine restaurants (ranging from average to expensive) and La Bussola was "good", but not exceptional ,that's for sure.
Perhaps a bad night? Who knows..
I may give it another try and if the same outcome, than I wont be back.

SK
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is truly excellent. Service is always with a smile. A true gem.

OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!

R
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Service uneven
Seated promptly
But no menus
Salad slow to arrive
Always crowded

AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous ... great food and service

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Bousola! Can never go wrong

RM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food! I had the Scallops and tasted the Meat sauce on pasta. Both excellent. Can't wait to return on my next visit to Glen Cove. We celebrated 2 birthdays and excellent chocolate cake was served, each with a candle.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was exceptional and the food was great! This was our first time here and we will definitely be coming back.

d
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

as always enjoyed eggplant meatballs. Carlo a welcoming host

IM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

This was our third time to LaBussola with mixed results the first two visits. First visit was just OK, so because of the close proximity to home we gave it another try. The second time was not quite as good but not yet terrible so we decided to apply the three strike rule on a spur of the moment decision as we were returning home from running errands one evening.

This third strike definitely ended the game for La Bussola. I had scallops which were like bad diner food and my wife ordered halibut which although initially edible also lacked the finesse a professional chef would deliver. About half way through her halibut she found a hair in her plate which of course disgusted her. We called the waiter over and he took the plate away and sent over someone else from the wait staff who asked what the problem was. Was there no communication between the two waiters? They offered her something else but at this point she was not about to eat anything coming out of that kitchen. Quite frankly, I too was without appetite and did not finish my meal.

There appeared to be a manager on site who we saw when we walked in but he apparently chose to remain invisible when we had a problem. The halibut was taken off the bill as it should have been, but the staff was never apologetic, rather they treated us as if we had the plague.

Strike three LaBussola, you are out!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Hands down, the best food in Glen Cove!

KF
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

While there was a wait for the food, it was delicious. There is sufficient room between tables, so it is easy to get comfortable and be relaxed. Easy to carry on a conversation; very enjoyable experience provided your not in a rush.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal experience! Food was fantastic but the service was even better!!!!!

SF
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been going to La Bussola since the mid 1980's.
The food gets better and better. With Marco in the Kitchen and Carlo working the front its a win-win situation. Very Highly recommended for all occasions or just to have a quit romantic great meal

FW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic. From service to food all top!

j
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent experience this trip. Always very good, but particularly good this time. Veal Sorrentino great, as was a special pork chop milinese with scapariello sauce with hot peppers. Hint, if you like putanesca sauce, they will make off the menu

CB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

always a good meal here. Caesar salad and Veal sorrentino are outstanding

G
Miami
34 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Seated promptly
Slow service
Ordered Caesar salad not plentiful and it took a long time
Romaine lettuce and dressing!
Going to movies and informed waiter when we ordered
Main course came real late rushed to finish and no time for coffee or desert

S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

The waiter had no personality, didn't smile or even greet us with a hello. Very short and barely paid attention to us. It took a few times calling our waiter to get proper flatware, a napkin, and bread for the table. The restaurant is old and not up to date. The carpet looks flat and dirty. The food was just OK, nothing special. They do not have any organic, vegan nor dairy-free dishes. They didn't seem to understand a dairy allergy and proceded to give me butter and my main meal had dairy. I would not return since it was not a pleasant experience. They should update their restaurant and have enthusiastic staff people working there. They all seem unhappy to serve their customers.

S
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Always a great meal. Wonderful staff

SV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My new favorite restaurant! The food was outstanding and the staff were so friendly
Don't miss this culinary experience

R
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Just an average local Italian restaurant. Staff were friendly. Nothing special, though.

JM
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great choice for lunch or dinner!

m
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Mediocre at best ! food ok not upscale ; gnocchi taste like store bought ,not homemade. run of the mill Italian pizza restaurant type food .

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Dinner with my husband last night, unfortunately we’ve decided not to go back there after two unhappy experiences. I had the fish special which was extremely bland and very unappetizing, a big disappointment. I feel going to an upscale restaurant, service should be better, at least offer fresh ground pepper, not a shaker on the table. The manager kindly offered to remove my entree from the bill, however charged $15.00 for the shrimp that was the only thing I ate from my entree. Very classless.

OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything went well.

DM
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fabulous meal. Neighborhood gem consistent quality and service. We love it!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Veal is so bucco was superb

OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great time tonight.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Neighborhood gem

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The staff is excellent, very friendly knowledgeable and made the dinner fun

FL
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A local restaurant in our neighborhood that gets great, consistent reviews for both food and service.
Well, here is another foodie that joins the crowd -- Great food and even greater service. Both at affordable prices.

ST
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best pork chop I ever had!

N
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Food was very good. We went out the night before Chrismas Eve in the hope that it would be less crowded. When we arrived we were the only folks in the restaurant. A few more tables arrived yet the service was incredibly slow. The two tables seated after us ate before us. Given how empty the place was we expected better service.

Y
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carlo and his staff are great people who serve great food.

OT
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was superb!!