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Roberto's Restaurant

603 Crescent Ave., The Bronx, NY, 10458
nr. Hughes Ave.
718-733-9503

Avg. Rating

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

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64% would go back.

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big disappointment

By decaftea on 6/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Decided to give it another try although our last few visits were disappointing. Food was awful and the presentation was even worse. I ordered the chicken with lemon and that's what I got. A thick piece of chicken swimming in a lemon sauce---not a piece of parsley or garnish or vegetable or anything else on the plate---same with my husbands chicken and peppers--that was it. My grandson ordered the risotto special which looked like mush, but he did say it was tasty. Goodbye Roberto

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64 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

Old World

By squid on 1/25/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

No doubt about it, the chef is very talented but in recent years getting away from the basics to more complex dishes he and his staff to which are tremendous amount is delagated often miss culinary excellence. Desserts are limited in selection and often not available. Service is accomodating but expect some neglect when they are busy which they often are, especially if you are not a regular. Still very good food, perhaps the best in Bronx's Little Italy.

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312 out of 674 people found this review helpful.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT ALL THE HYPE IS ABOUT THIS PLACE

By lutece on 4/8/2005

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Went for lunch. 3 of us ordered 2 special appetizers and one very ordinary salad with a way too vinegary dressing. Had the salad caprese, the mozzarella was fresh , creamy and delicious, the roasted peppers were good too, but, the mushrooms were canned!! Then we had a special appetizer that was presented beautifully in a red endive leaf. It was shrimp , scallops and broccoli rabe in a green sauce but tasted mostly of salt. Nothing that special. Main dish we ordered had a fantastic presentation , the waitress cut open the steaming foil and inside was a lot of clams, mussels and little shrimp with a tomatoey broth with herbs. The homemade pasta was like a cavatelli and very good indeed,but , once again it was too salty. We had 3 cappucinos for dessert and the bill was 33 bucks each. Thats lunch and we had only 2 appetizers, a lousy plain salad, and one main we split 3 ways and 3 cappucino's . I was looking forward to trying this place because I heard so much about it, but we were all disappointed and would not go back!

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377 out of 701 people found this review helpful.

what happened?

By Lex142 on 4/9/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

My portion was small, very small. Three out of four entrees (scallopini, spicy chicken, and fusilli with tomato) were mediocre, and the pasta with sausage and broccolli rabe was very good, but not spectacular. The waiter was annoying too. The best dish was the bean, sausage, and broccoli rabe appetizer. It must have been an off night.

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87 out of 184 people found this review helpful.

$55 Fetuccine

By Snalper on 1/27/2013

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

Good food but only come here if you do not wish to have any money left for retirement

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34 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

My favorite Italian chef making my favorite Italian food

By LindaIg on 6/24/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Roberto is a creative chef taking ordinary Italian food ideas and rendering them into delicious, interesting, innovative dishes on each part of the menu. When he's not cooking stick with the basics, but when he's in the kitchen, try anything and everything.

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325 out of 619 people found this review helpful.

Most memorable meal in ages - Worth every penny

By naabye on 10/27/2006

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Maybe it is the new location, or the fact that we were there when Roberto himself was at the helm that makes the difference between the older, poor reviews on this site, but we were blown away by just about everything we ordered, from the northern italian sausage with cannellini beans and broccoli rabe, to the fuselli in terracotta and the mixed grill, with wild boar and venison. The wine list is astounding, and carries more than a few bottles that are more than our rent, but we found several wonderful and affordable regional Italian wines. We savored every moment of dinner. Dessert, however, was basically a miss. We got several things to try and share, but were disappointed, especially after such a wonderful meal. Still, we plan to go back soon. Go early to avoid long waits.

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320 out of 648 people found this review helpful.

Greatest Macaronis this side of the pond

By faral on 7/31/2003

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

Nobody but nobody beats this Southern Italian chef in the pasta wars. He labors long and hard in the kitchen to conjure up recipes and combinations that make everyone of his pasta dishes give you more than the feeling of being in the old country. He mixes things on the simple basis of "if you like this, that and this let me put those things together". Like tubetinni in a sause based with chick peas, shrimp and monk fish. He never stops. He no slouch at meat either and boasts the best but limited production of osso bucco. So well does he do this that the Roman chefs appreciate his genius. Try the shrimp sauted with sliced fenel over a bed of arrugale.

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324 out of 677 people found this review helpful.

Tuscany in the Bronx

By Hudsonv on 8/14/2007

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

The closest thing to eating in a village restaurant in Tuscany or Umbria that I have known in NYC. The service was excellent and no one bothered us by asking if the food was good...Fresh pepper or grated cheese was not turned into a communion ceremony...simply given. I loved it. Went with family (2 children and 7 adults) and will return with business colleagues and friends.

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286 out of 555 people found this review helpful.

A treasure amongst Arthur Avenue's gems.

By adamsmith on 2/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

After reading this review and Zagats, I decided to make the journey to Roberto, it met and exceeded my expectations. Wonderfully fresh delicious food. The trip to Arthur Avenue is a magical journey and Roberto is a gem amongst all the treasure found in this Italian heaven. I didn't need any more confirmation then my own taste buds, but as I looked over at the next table I saw Mike Wallace of Sixty Minutes with a colleague and knew many people make a special pilgrimage to this mecca of incredible food. It gets busy, so consider lunch for your first visit, you will be back many many times again.

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94 out of 194 people found this review helpful.

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