La Ginestra - NY

4.8
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273 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Sicilan and Italian fare coupling family recipes and innovative specials
with an extensive wine menu. A cozy ambiance and accommodating staff have
helped make La Ginestra a favorite amongst north shore diners for the past
27 years.
What 273 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great!

NY
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

La Ginestra is ALWAYS good. It's a repeat customer place, where everyone feels welcome. And the food is consistently delicious !

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants on Long Island! The food and service was amazing as always!

AH
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best bronzini! Pappadella fungi is my favorite appetizer. They’ll even do half orders! Manny always so attentive and non intrusive! Thanks Gus and Enzo!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday

Food was delicious and plentiful!

Service was friendly and warm!

We would come back in a heartbeat!

Tell your friends and family not to miss the opportunity to dine here!

r
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there on a Sunday night. Noise level low. The service and food were excellent

OT
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

slightly above average Italian restaurant. When it first opened in 1980's it was a hot spot with great Italian food. Now it is the typical Long Island Italian restaurant.

ES
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous from beginning to end..service, food, atmosphere. Highly recommend!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, as always

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here and won’t be last time. Service and ambience - first rate. Food was outstanding. We will be back.

M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent as always.

j
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistent with a warm welcome.
Our go-to for a night out with friends and family

LJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food!!!! Great service!!!! Ownership makes you feel special!!!!

M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Can't believe I've been living on Long Island all my life and never heard of La Ginestra. Our first dinner at this neighborhood gem won't be our last. The food is outstanding and the service great. What more can I ask?

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

,food and service exceptional. Unfortunately the place is not large and you can feel very cramped.

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food is uniformly excellent. La Ginestra is one of our favorite restaurants and, although not nearby, is well worth the drive. Gus and Enzo are warm and accommodating hosts who significantly contribute to making our dining experience (apart from the great food) so positive each and every time.

c
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant on Long Island! Whenever my children come to visit
that’s the place they want to go for dinner! No other place compares!

LG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

interesting, delicious, well prepared food. attentive service

NC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner and the service were wonderful!
We were celebrating our anniversary - we’ll definitely celebrate there again!!!

f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was wonderful!!!The swordfish special was delicious!

JF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Gus and his excellent staff make you feel right at home

L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific Homemade pasta in a wild mushroom sauce great bottle of wine
simple dinner , Great service

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Anniversary

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve never been disappointed the food is always consistent! They are so nice always making my food to suit me. I’m gluten free and mostly eat fish.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our family’s go to dinner spot when we are in the area. The chef creates the best veal dishes around.

M
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to have a wonderful dinner in a warm, comfortable and inviting environment. They never miss on excellence!

JC
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant on Long Island. End of story.

TM
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants anywhere. While the regular menu is great, you'll have difficulty getting past the daily specials.

FH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've lived in Glen Cove for quite some time now and have often thought about going here for dinner. My friend and I finally decided to go and are we glsd we did. The food was remarkable and the service was top notch. Thank you for a lovely dinner!

LS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

What was once a favorite place is sadly no longer. As someone with a food allergy, I would be concerned about dining here. I was not always, but as a newly gluten-intolerant individual, I was sadly given and ingested a lot of gluten unknowingly. While it was not the fault of the waiter, but the busser, it nonetheless ruined the evening and part of the next day. The busser thought that whole wheat and gluten-free bread were the same, so when we asked if they served gluten-free bread, he happily said yes and came right back out with some.

Luckily, I asked the waiter where they got such delicious gluten-free bread. Turns out they don't have any and the busser was wrong. While the staff was deeply apologetic, it affected me the rest of the night. Had I had full-blown Celiac disease I would have been writhing in pain on the floor. That was a serious mistake that should have been avoided with proper education of the staff. Apologies only were verbal and there was no attempt to make up for this mistake in any other way.

The appetizer I ordered of mozzarella and eggplant was served without mozzarella because they were nervous that the Polly-o cheese may have gluten in it somehow; it doesn't. What upset me was that it wasn't until I was being served the plate that I was informed this. I was charged full price and got half of my appetizer. Since I was a starving pregnant woman, I ate it because I didn't want to wait for them to make something else. I was never asked if I wanted something else or if they could put something different instead. In fact, the entire meal we paid full price for, despite the inconvenience and mistake.

I was concerned that the staff was not well trained- if trained at all - in how to approach food allergies and sensitivities and now, unfortunately, we will not be dining here in the future. One positive note was that the waiter did seem to know something about gluten and offered to grill the fish instead.

DA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We live near by and love the updated decor and food and service was fabulous love this place

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waitress was amazing and so was the food

KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always welcomed by Gus as if you are a family member sitting at his dining table. Amazing food and service. Hands down the best Italian food in Long Island.

SM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been there several times and are never disappointed. The service is outstanding, and you won't find a better meal on Long Island.

P
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had dinner on Saturday 7/20. Our table was waiting for us. The food and service was great as it always is. We had the swordfish special which was pounded, lightly breaded and grilled and the halibut special - just good old halibut. Both were outstanding. Like no place else. Excellence is par for the course at this restaurant.

DA
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious dinner and everyone was so nice and accommodating to us. The place has a nice atmosphere very updated Italian farmhouse. The food was very delicious and we were happy with everything and we will definitely be going back.

b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All excellent

g
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

the food was better than average. the tables are MUCH MUCH too close to each other. the noise was unbearable - we could not have a conversation! it was a Friday night - one can only hope that weekday nights are better!

BJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian restaurant!

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