La Bussola Ristorante

4.5
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377 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 377 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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vipAmandaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistantly great food and amazing service! We will be back

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ReginaA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You can never go wrong at La Bussola. Always a great meal, great service and greeted like your family. 5 stars in my book

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vipFoody4U
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

One of the best meals I've had in a long time!

TC
vipTommyC
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food & service was very good. Space could use a little updating.

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Kapax2
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are here often. The food is always nothing short of amazing. If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant where the food is like your mother made or better yet like your grandmother made this is the place. If you’ve never been here then what are you waiting for? This is definitely one for your bucket list.

JW
vipJoeW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Average food. Had pasta primavera and my red sauce was bland.
Olive oil for the table was not very flavorful.
Service was very attentive.
Very nice, homey ambience. Able to have a relaxed conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect
The ossobuco was the best I have ever had

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carlo and his team always do an amazing job.

JR
vipJohnR
Greensboro
16 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food! Still sets the standard!

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howard
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Very disappointed last visit. Service was poor and not attentive. Priority was to a large noisy party, and "the regulars" Bus boys were excellent. Food was late, and most likely not cooked to order since platters came out for party. Last time the entrees were forgotten to be put through as well. Not sure what goes on in the kitchen, but the food is plentiful and usually delicious.

JS
JaneS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Warm and welcoming staff......wide menu.choices.....delicious drinks...…..Italian food made any way you like it...…..scrumptious meal...….what more do we want in a restaurant??

MY FAVORITE on the North Shore!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fantastic, thanks for having us tonite!!

TM
vipTonyMichaels23
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For more than 20 years one of our favorite restaurants in our town of Glen Cove, one of our favorites anywhere on Long Island or New York; in fact, one of our favorite restaurants anywhere.

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John
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

A bit disappointing. Expected more.

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vipBarbara
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

People are very nice but the carpet was absolutely filthy. Prices are very high, spinach salad had practically no dressing and extremely dry bacon bits. My husband ordered Dover sole for $39 and it wasn’t real Dover sole, plus it was smothered in a tomato leave or NATO’s sauce which should never happen with real Dover sole. Had to wait for over an hour between appetizer and entrée.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, had a great time. Thanks for having us tonite! 🙂

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our delightful New Years Eve dinner began with an Open Table search a few weeks before. We had never been to La Bussola in Glen Cove let alone any of the other two locations. The reviews were better than good, so we were excited to take a chance on a new dining experience. And what an experience it was. Before we even arrived we knew the experience was going to be special when 3 hours before our reservation (it’s New Years Eve after all) we needed to see if we could add 2 more to our table. Without hesitation and a brief 5 minute call back, our reservation was increased to our delight. Carlo, one of four brothers who now run the family business, made us feel like we had been customers for years. A credit to Pasquale, the restaurants patriarch and founder. Carlo and staff showed us the genuine experience of what true hospitality looks like. This, unfortunately, is sorely lacking in many dining experiences these days. The holiday eve menu was a full menu including special preparations. Each dish was absolutely delicious from appetizers to entree. A huge credit to Executive Chef and brother Marco. The wine list was wonderful and the choices plentiful. The meal was well paced. We all delighted in our meal and I knew we had found a very special place when Carlo came to our table to introduce himself and chat about the restaurant’s beginnings and his time learning at the apron of his father along with his brothers. Our wonderful waiter has been working for the family for 40 years. The evening ended with Carlo offering us after dinner drinks and sent us off with hats and noisemakers for the holiday celebration. We plan on continuing to dine with Carlo in the years to come and look forward to dining at other Bussola locations as well. Thank you for a very special evening. We haven’t stopped raving.

EJ
vipEricJ
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

The entire evening we felt forgotten. When I could get a waiter's attention, it felt like I was reminding them what we ordered. There was an excuse for every delay and we had enough when the entree was served in a 1inch deep pool of water. The pasta rabb was more like a stew. 1 1/2 hours for the entrees to be served on what seemed like a slow night.

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viptruleybad
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Armando gave our large group personal, excellent service

HE
vipHappy2Eat
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

We booked for a family birthday not knowing it was their Comedy night. This should have been posted on their web page. They weren’t set up for our table, even though I did note a Birthday celebration for 5. And we had to be subjected to very loud comedians while we tried to enjoy our meal. And then the next day I was told I didn’t qualify for points! Overall the dinner was disappointing, Service was poor, food just okay for the prices they charge. I will not be returning and wouldn’t recommend this restaurant!

JF
JohnF
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our second visit to La Bussola and again they did not disappoint. Food is always tastefully prepared and delicious. Service is incredible. The owner walks around and introduces himself and always asks if all is good. Family owned and operated. Love this place. First visit was with friends and the second was with the kids (15 and 14) even the kids want to go back. Highly recommend a visit here. They will not disappoint you.

M
vipMargie
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

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

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Lawrencef
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time tonight!!

JF
JimmyF
New York Area
7 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
vipSteveK146
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great!

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vipRose
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

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

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

Fabulous ... great food and service

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

Love Bousola! Can never go wrong

RM
RhondaM
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.

DG
DonaldG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The chefs and waiters do a good job and it’s fun

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipdrfrog
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

as always enjoyed eggplant meatballs. Carlo a welcoming host

IM
vipIMPRESSME
New York Area
11 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
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Hands down, the best food in Glen Cove!

KF
KevinF
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
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

SF
SamuelF
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

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