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The Clinton Restaurant

Italian, Pizza, International
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917 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 746-4800
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 12:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
FRIENDLY, FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT

My wife & I have been eating at The Clinton since 1980 & never had a bad meal! Be it meat, veal, fish, pasta or pizza. They have a diverse menu and not all is Italian. Their seafood & fish dishes are very good. The service is OK & the price are more than fair. A very good neighborhood restaurant!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
Neal109
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Bayside, New York
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Whitestone, New York
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My Parents took my brother and I here when we were just 2 and 5. Today I am 59 and have taken my children here and they are taking their children here for delicious Italian food as well as delicious pizza. So friendly always informal and very reasonable.

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Thank Debra V
Karen B, Manager at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words! We're so happy that three generations of the Babich family have served three generations of your family so well! We really appreciate the positive review! More 

College Point, New York
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food is OK! The staff looks like people who lives around the restaurant? More of order take. Like I said if I need something quick and easy. They pizza is the better one in the area?

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Thank Rocco G
Karen B, Manager at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of The Clinton Restaurant. We are a local-type of place and so most of our staff are from the Whitestone area. Since we have been around for 77 years, there are some aspects of us that are old-fashioned, and that includes our fresh, homemade meals, just like grandma used to cook! More 

Bayside, New York
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My wife & I have been eating at The Clinton since 1980 & never had a bad meal! Be it meat, veal, fish, pasta or pizza. They have a diverse menu and not all is Italian. Their seafood & fish dishes are very good. The service is OK & the price are more than fair. A very good neighborhood restaurant!

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1 Thank Neal109
Whitesone, NY
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

This place is the cornerstone for old school family dining that won't break the bank. Nice people friendly service and a bit of nostalgia from when your parents took you around old Whitestone for a family dinner out oh ya and the food is pretty good too!

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Thank lildiavolo
Karen B, Owner at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We really appreciate it and hope to see you again soon! More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

I took my wife there for her birthday because I saw some good reviews. I wasted $89. The food is awful, restaurant is not owned by Italian folks and they have no idea how to make a good sauce. Salad was swimming in oil and vinegar. My chicken parm was overcooked in a microwave. Penne a la vodka was drowning... More 

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1 Thank Neil H
Karen B, Owner at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so sorry you were not happy with your dinner at The Clinton. We wish you would have told us while you were here so that we could have tried to accommodate you. We would like to correct a couple of misconceptions that you have. One, the Babich family is Istrian. This is a peninsula in the Adriatic between... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

And the rest of the food is darn good too. Great service, friendly waitresses and bar tenders. We usually eat at the bar. Generous pours! Prices are pretty good too.

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Thank Robert C
Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

No corporate or chain pseudo Italian food at the Clinton Restaurant. Definitely a neighborhood restaurant serving fantastic Italian food. Think neighborhood pub. The chicken parmesan with broccoli sautéed in olive oil and garlic was fantastic. The entrée covered the whole plate. The restaurant also has a nice outdoor patio for when the weather is warm. Although I haven't lived in... More 

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Thank G M
Aventura
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Forever in my life, this restaurant has provided comfort food. I love it. Service can be gracious or gruff depending on the server. Food always excellent. No AmEx.

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Thank Shelly B
Whitestone, New York
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

Grab some friends and order a pizza with a big house salad. The broiled strip steak is the best kept secret in Queens. Chicken and mushrooms is excellent. Chicken parm is huge. Live music on some Thursdays by John Ducroiset. Dedicated staff will take good care of you. Family owned. Clean clean clean.

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Thank Tom T
Whitestone, New York
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The pizza is the best,get it well done,shame they do not deliver,worth going for pickup,or go for the pizza

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Thank 19steve19

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 917 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY 11357
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Queens  >  Whitestone
  • Phone Number: (718) 746-4800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:30 pm - 12:00 am

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