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Cafe al Dente - CLOSED

2 Spring Street, Oyster Bay, NY
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Cuisines: Italian
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English first
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

How can you go wrong with a fresh salad? Well that's what I said when my order arrived at the table, and my salad was wilting and my tomatoes were slimy and my cucumbers were dried out, like as if it sat in a fridge for days before they put it in front of me. I was a bit bothered... More 

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Oyster Bay, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was a great italian place but it closed after many years in business. I think it closed because the seating area in the back was not in compliance with some town regulations. We miss it!!

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Oyster Bay, New York
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I regret to write a negative review, but after such a disappointing meal at Café al Dente and with our stomachs still churning and upset the morning after, it's perhaps one that the owner might see and make a few changes. First, you walk in, no one to greet you and you find your own seating. It's as if the... More 

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Oyster Bay, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Had a great meal there. Phil, the owner was very attentive and the service was great. All of the pasta dishes are great. The shrimp bisque was fantastic , loaded with flavor.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We go there a few times a year. I like the seafood Fra Diavolo medium hot. Fish has also been good. My teenage daughter likes the pasta. Most entrees come with a salad.

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My family and i come here frequently and always enjoy the food. The only thing that stops us from coming more frequently is that the prices on the pasta dishes are a bit high. If I want a basic Italian pasta dish like penne a la vodka or something else like that, I can find it for a lot less... More 

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West Palm Beach, FL
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The atmosphere in homey and the food is outrageously good. The menu contains many classic Italian favorites but also some delicious dishes with a twist. The pignoli nut crusted shrimp with vodka sauce over pasta was incredible. My favorite dish is a seasonal dish that chef/owner Phil brings out right around the beginning of November. Butternut squash ravioli in an... More 

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Oyster Bay, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

If you go there, try the roasted red pepper ravioli - the sauce trio (marinara, pesto, cream) with the pignoli nuts are delicious. Comes with a great side salad - could almost be a meal in itself!

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East Norwich, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

I have eaten dozens of times at al Dente and the food has always been excellent with large portions. I usually get the same waiter and it's like visiting a friend for dinner since he always jokes with me about usually ordering the same meal. We take friends there because we are confident the food will please, Just like home!

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New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Nice cozy Italian restaurant- dinners come with fresh hot bread & a nice salad. Everything else is al a carte. Average size portions - price has gone up some & of you don't get as much as you used to. But the food is freshly made to order & never had a bad meal there.

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Additional Information about Cafe al Dente

Address: 2 Spring Street, Oyster Bay, NY
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Long Island  >  Oyster Bay
Cuisine: Italian

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