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Dominick's Restaurant

2335 Arthur Ave., The Bronx, NY, 10458
nr. 184th St.
718-733-2807

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 9
Service: 9
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

83% would go back.

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By walshey on 9/26/2013

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We have been enjoying Dominick's for the past 20 years but unfortunately something has changed. In the past couple of years we have had three disappointing meals. The first time it happened we overlooked it as we decided everyone is allowed a bad night. The second time it happened, we had gone back because we wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt....after all, we loved Dominick's. Again, Disappointment. We actually said we would not return. However, our twenty four year granddaughter was in town and begged us to take her to Dominick's. Well, OK. What a waste of money and truly a verification of poor quality of food. For the record: One time it was the Scarpariello...really?, another time the mussels and the last time the chicken parm was so over cooked it tasted like dry cardboard with minimal sauce and cheese along with under cooked zitti. I'm really sorry. Three times and your out.

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30 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

Dominick's Arthur Avenue

By karen.pesce.9 on 1/26/2013

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Without question the best Italian restaurant and probably the best restaurant in New York City. Mr & Mrs William Fleming

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49 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

get it right

By Realitalian12 on 11/29/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

LOL... the waiter said "Manicotti" correctly, not phonetically... that tells me you know nothing about how to speak italian. The "i" at the end should be pronounced... just like in "Fararri and Lamborgini". "Managot" comes from NY "wanna be" italians who have never traveled outside of America!

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93 out of 211 people found this review helpful.

It is what it is................

By jackdonohue on 6/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

You have to go to Dominick's once or twice to learn how to go to Dominick's. Check out the Jesuit, retired detective and the wise guy all eating together because they went to Fordham together. Ask the "waiter" what he's "got for fish" tonight. Drink the wine out of Libby juice glasses. Watch, listen, eat, tip. This is the stuff they get so wrong on those godawful NYC TV shows about the Irish and Italians. Have enough class to know what you are looking at. Like Scorsese.

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85 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

Go in prepared and youll have a blast.

By mikejet321 on 1/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

You'll read other reviews of people claiming to be Italian and Dominick's not being a real Italian meal. Here is my idea of a typical Italian meal. Eating down in a old Italians basement kitchen with one overfilled dish after the next coming out with way to many people yelling over each other. My sound confusing and overwhelming to some but it can be a blast. It is true there is no menu. Go in knowing the protein that you want that night. Tell the waiter you want pork and together you can come up with a combination that will have your mouth watering just thinking about it. The seating is kind of set up like last supper tables. It is not the place for a quite couples date. If you have no problem talking to people by the end of your meal you will likely be sharing with the group next to you. As far as pricing goes be friendly to the waiter and he will be friendly to you in both personality and pricing. I read another review about the house wine not being that good. Ive come to believe that the house wine is whatever is open at that point and time. If you have two glasses with dinner it is very likely that they will not be the same. Go in knowing that this is not your typical restaurant and you will have a blast.

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103 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

It's about the food

By joseepalomino on 11/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 2
  • Yes, I would go back!

Food is delightful - ambiance is New York - tough, gritty, loud and fun!

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74 out of 150 people found this review helpful.

Dominick's is AWESOME!!

By lisabolo on 11/16/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Dominick's food is fantastic, it's prices incredibly reasonable, and the service great and refreshingly personable. My friend and I ordered a delectable giant stuffed artichoke and we both ate delicious Italian entrees, all to the tune of $39 for the both of us! I'm telling you, the food was better than in Italy! (And I've been there.) Plus, the waiter said "Manicotti" correctly (NOT phonetically, as most Americans do) and the other customers were polite and friendly.

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78 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

So ... do you like the Yankees?

By alexskabry on 8/28/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Boy a Red Sox fan might get killed here ... but not before having a great last meal. Clams, 'chokes, pasta ... an incredible meal. No desserts, but frankly you leave with doggie bags from all the excess food and if you eat early enough, there are great bakeries up and down Arthur Avenue. Unlike so many NYC "experiences", Dominick's is reasonably priced and true entertainment in the restaurant. "Whaddaya need a menu for? Whaddaya want? I'll get it for you." Loved it. Can't remember the waiter's name, but this guy did it old style - charm out the wazoo. GO. GO NOW! (only reason I gave the decor a 9 instead of a ten ... I can't help it, I'm a Mets fan!)

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81 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

The Real Deal

By DanOliver on 7/28/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

I know plenty about the Italian-American culture and it's food. I have lived it for 60 years. I also cook and bake the best Italian bread around. Dominick's is the real deal. Nothing pretentious about it. The food is like someone's Italian grandmother would have made it. Cash only....so what? Pay up for what you get. No menu...just order whatever you want, or can dream up and they will make it for you. Are you kidding me? Who else does that? The prices are reasonable and certainly less money than if you ate at the so called Little Italy on Mulberry Street. Our waiter was from the old country. He knew and did his job with perfection. Talk about atmosphere, the staff and customers are right out of central casting; nothing fake about it. Fancy...heck no.....but who cares? If you are after fussy waiters and lovely decor, look elsewhere. If you want the best Italian food and bread at fair prices, stick a couple $50,s in your pocket, grab a friend and give it a go!

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75 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

Painfully underwhelmed - save your money

By Nyccatz on 7/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Let's get one thing straight - the user reviews here all miss the mark, I mean REALLY miss the mark. Are these real customers or friends of the owners  How did this restaurant consistently receive "excellent" marks decor.  Are you serious?  This place is cramped, is plastered with zagat plaques on every wall (uuh, tacky), has red vinyl "tablecloths", rickety little chairs, and, in my personal opinion, is a dump.  Service, consistently rated "Excellent"...either I need some major medication or I found this to be one of the most stressful service experiences I've ever had.  The waiter basically shouts "What do ya want, pasta, veal, chicken?  I said, "Well, how are they prepared?  Do you have a menu?  "No menu" he replied.  So, I wound up doing something I though would be safe, penne pasta with vodka sauce. The worst, and let me repeat, the worst penne alla vodka I have ever had. The pasta was undercooked and the sauce was watery - neither was piping hot, more like lukewarm.  I grew up on Tuscan cooking - this place is an embarassment to Italians and to Italian cuisine.  The last thing that ticked me off was the "bill".  The waiter basically comes over and gives you the "number".  I'm leery...cash only, no bills, no written itemized list of items sold, hmmm? Anyway, this place is a ripoff (HIGH prices...very LOW end experience)...go to a proper Italian restaurant for the money...they are literally printing money at your expense. Don't let them take advantage of you.

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