Bronx >Food & Dining > Roberto Restaurant
603 Crescent Ave, Bronx, NY | Directions 1045840.853741 -73.888376
Lunch Mon-Fri 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner Mon-Thurs 5pm-10pm
Dinner Fri 5pm-11pm
Dinner Sat 4pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Belmont, West Bronx
Fine Italian food – Roberto's has been delivering the best meals since as long as I can remember, they never disappoint. Their food quality and services is unmatched virtually anywhere in the city. If you're looking for a upscale Italian restaurant in the Bronx, look no further!
Awful – I had been there 2 years ago for lunch a few times and found it quite good. On a recent visit I found the food to be very sub par. The Salmon with Balsamic and Onions was litterally coverd with the overpowering sauce, you could not taste the fish. The Chicken with Bocconcini and Spinach was totally tasteless. The chicken looked like it was boiled. The only vegetables you could order were Spinach, Broccoli Rabe and Escarole. One of my guests asked for an appetiser for a main course and was told that they would give her 2 plates of the appetiser. The waiter was rude. I was totally dissapointed and will never go back. I am sorry to say that there are no good Italian restarants near Arthur Avenue.
Hearty food and attentive service – This is not shi-shi Manhattan restaurant food. Nor is it touristy Little Italy food slathered bread crumbs and oil. It's hearty, scrumptious Italian food in a cozy (even romantic) setting. I went for lunch on a weekday at opening (Noon), so no wait. The staff was very attentive.
I made the mistake of eating alone. The portions are just too big to do that. Go with a friend, or two or three, share an appetizer, and leave plenty of room for the main. Very home-style desert - go for the less usual. I had a sort of ricotta torte w/ grains, a savory sweet thing that was heaven with the espresso (oh so perfect).
Italian Spoken Here – We arrived early to make the first seating (no reservations here), and just beat the crowd. The waiter was helpful and curteous, advising my table that the regulars usually order one appetizer/pasta dish for each couple and then share. We enjoyed the Parmigana Di Melanzine and the Clams and Mussels in white wine w/ parsely and garlic (great for bread dipping) . The waiter helped select the wine (excellent recommendation) and never rushed our dinner order. The Lamb Shanks were incredibly tender (although the accompanying Truffle Risotto was overcooked). The suprising dissapointment was the vitello (veal) special of the evening, presented with a veal demi-glaze, covered w/ melted blue cheese, thin slices of ham, and roasted figs. Individually each of the topping items had a great taste...together they were just too much and made the dish heavy. The appetizers/pasta were so good that we'll go back again. Oh, and the desserts are homemade, and taste it.
For a Friday afternoon lunch – I thought Roberto's was just great. Went for a nice Friday afternoon lunch. Friendly, attentive service. Food was very good and prices were reasonable. Martini was perfect. Go at the right time, order the right thing, have a drink and relax. Be nice to the help and they will take care of you.
WORST PLACE EVER – The WAIT was toooo long. The staff is miserable. Roberto rushed us through the meal, which was cold by the way. The prices were extremely high for barely edible food. When you wait at the bar, you get a ridiculous bill with hardly any liquor in your drink. By the way, I saw one of the waiters sneeze on his hand and then continue to serve food without a break. DISGUSTING. Don't bother to complain to Roberto. He has a mouth like a sewer and can't take criticism. I agree with the previous critics. OVERPRICED, RUDE and NOT WORTH THE WAIT!
EXAGGERATED EXCELLENCE – Roberto's is absolutely not the 3rd best Italian Restaurant in New York. It isn't horrible, but there are other Italian restaurants, even in New Jersey that are much better.
Roberto's: Quality food in a lively setting. – My wife and I have been coming to Arthur Ave. for years to shop for food/ wine/olive oil, as well as eating at Roberto's. In fact, we coordinate a shopping trip with a dinner at Roberto's. We have never had a problem with the food, the service, or with Roberto. Popular standards, creative interpretations, and specials for the evening are trademarks of this excellent restaurant. Every meal we have had has been well-prepared and there is an extensive wine list to explore. The wait staff has always been courteous, knowledgeable, and efficient. They always respect any particular request during the course of the meal. Pricey? Many factors can affect that claim. Yes, it can be a little noisy, yes, I wish they took reservations, and, yes, parking can (at certain times) offer a challenge. When you visit a very active neighborhood that is also a major attraction in NYC, you have to be a little flexible and understanding. Last night we had a wonderful two hour plus meal that , as always, met all of our expectations. We were never rushed and the service was attentive. Roberto came by to discuss a little of his cooking philosophy. And the Vino Nobile complemented the meal perfectly. I feel badly for those reviewers who were so angry and disappointed. Perhaps a change of venue is their next course.
Not worth the wait – I don't mind waiting but I don't know what the big deal is about this place...if your idea of a pleasant and satisfying experience is to be rushed thru your meal (when you are finally seated in cramped quarters), having your food tossed at you by the worst waitstaff I have ever come across , being unable to have any type of conversation because once you get your order you're rushed thru it and the noise level is beyond explanation...then by all means go to Roberto's. Again, the service was beyond words and the food only adequate.
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