We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Elio's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Upper East Side
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1621 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10028-4459
+1 212-772-2242
07:00 - 00:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 07:00 - 00:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

101 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 96: English reviews
New York
Level Contributor
52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did not know about this restaurant. Probably because I do not live in Manhattan and I think it is a restaurant most know by the locals. Once I was listening to a podcast and one guy that is the owner of several restaurants in Manhattan said that when he is looking for inspiration he goes to Elio's. I made... More 

Thank zesalazar10
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This place is so full of !@##$! I made a reservation for 4- 4 weeks ago for a holiday dinner with good friends, we got there last night and the place was so full, the bar was 4 people thick and the dining room full. They said that they were backed up and it would be a 15 minute wait,... More 

2 Thank Gretchen M
New York
Level Contributor
78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We've been coming here for years. Always consistent - great food and great service. Make reservations!

Thank Gris115
Noosaville, Australia
Level Contributor
46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We had a table booked for 8pm but we gathered that this was an estimate rather than a definite when we arrived on time. The Maitre D' acknowledged us and said 10 minutes for our table to be available. This was exactly correct. It was packed and there was no room to stand to wait for our table and no... More 

Thank wdbentley
New York
Level Contributor
44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

If you are a regular at Elios and they know you, then you are golden. If not, the food/ambience/service is not worth the aggravation. I sat at the bar and once the bartender finally finished his socializing, tel call etc. he condescended to wait on me. I ordered a drink and that was the last time we spoke. I was... More 

Thank FrequentTraveler039
Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We were invited to dine with friends at Elio's on the upper east side in NYC. Upon arrival we were seated immediately. The restaurant is small and the tables are close to each other so don't expect much privacy. The waiters have trouble navigating between tables because the tables and chairs are so close to each other. The food was... More 

Thank Louis C
Silver Spring, Maryland
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had a wonderful experience at Elio's on a busy Saturday night. The waitstaff were charming, though a bit distracted as the night went on and the restaurant was filled. Wonderful stuffed mushrooms and possibly the best veal piccata I've had. I appreciate that, unlike most Italian restaurants, Elio's allows the veal to stand on its own, not buried with... More 

Thank Phyllis O
Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I discovered Elio's years ago and it instantly became our favorite restaurant in NYC. It is so special to us, this is where my my husband chose to propose to me back in 2002. The food, service and atmosphere are all top notch. Elio's is always our first reservation when we book a trip to NYC.

2 Thank TXWanderWoman
New York
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This Upper East Side stalwart survives on its reputation for clubby exclusivity. Getting a table can be a challenge for patience and tolerance of surly, inhospitable behavior. We live in the neighborhood and as a compromise booked the earliest dinner reservation. The manager, whose shirt collar was turned up and his tie undone, did not greet us; he prowled the... More 

Thank JANE L
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Elio's is superb as always! I have been dining there since the 1980's and it never fails to delight.

Thank WalkJC60

Travellers who viewed Elio's Restaurant also viewed

New York City, NY

Been to Elio's Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1621 2nd Ave, New York City, NY 10028-4459
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-772-2242

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Elio's Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper East Side

Neighbourhood Profile
Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
Explore this neighbourhood