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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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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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80 out of 202 people found this review helpful.

What Happened?

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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43 out of 80 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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84 out of 175 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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106 out of 237 people found this review helpful.

Good Food, No Follow Through

By sandra3064 on 2/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The food was great, don't expect anything more then that. They don't have menu's, no prices, just what they want to charge you, don't forget to bring the bag of money, because they don't take credit cards. Oh, and how can I forget, the don't have DESSERT or COFFEE or TEA. What kind of restaurant does not have coffee, tea or dessert? Well this is one unhappy customer. Went for a birthday celebration and was told we could get COFFEE and DESERT accross the street at the bakery, will never eat here again.

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87 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

praise

By aitas on 2/28/2003

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

excellent ,good value.visited many times over many years.will definitely return.

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280 out of 561 people found this review helpful.

EXELLENT PLACE

By MARTAGIL on 9/9/2008

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

ME AND MY GIRLS HAD A GREAT TIME... GREAT FOOD GREAT WINE .... THE BARTENDER UPSTAIRS ON SATURDAY VERY NICE AND HOT WORTH THE WAIT...DEFINETELLY BE BACK..

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68 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

Dominick's is a great experience...

By MarkS on 4/28/2009

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

We shop the neighborhood, then hit Dominick's. Usually a crowd of 10. The food is excellent all the way around. 20+ visits, I've found the artichokes to be unpredictable, and only one time was I disappointed in the mussels. Once the pork chops with vinegar peppers was dry. But those minor issues haven't ruined a great meal overall. You don't need a menu, but newbies can find one in the back of the restaurant posted on the wall behind glass. They keep your tab up at the bar, and the prices are reasonable. Cash Only. Don't let the fast talking waiters get you flustered. If they suggest starting with apps, tell them you want an antipasto first. Once we asked another patron what they were eating because it looked unfamiliar. It was their stuffed peppers. My friend said, "Those look good, we've never had those before." The woman cuts off a chunk puts it on a plate and hands it over to our table. Followup with great espresso and desserts at a pastry shop nearby.

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78 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

Excellent food. Good service, Nothing to look at!

By Psycho_Prof on 6/20/2010

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

The Good: The food, It is exceptional and always good. Plenty as well. Try the veal or the calamare. The stuffed artichokes are the best on earth. The Bad: The house wine is as bad as the food is good. Have a drink elsewhere. Also, the prices are itrregular. They charge what they want when they want. The waiters know us and smile "knowingly" when we mentioned prices. So ask before ordering or eat at your own expense (pun intended.) The Decor: Fuggetaboudit. But who cares with food like this. One of the best. Ciao, Psycho_prof

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62 out of 120 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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