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The Clinton Restaurant

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917 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 746-4800
Today
12:30 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
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to this place 3 times and it's been 3 times too many. My first time was probably about 10 years ago and I actually enjoyed it. However, the 2 recent times that I have been here...disgusting. There really is no other word. The food is just not good. Calamari is like rubber and so, so tasteless. Chicken... More 

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Thank jessny89
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67 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is no better than most Pizza Joints. Bar/Pub atmosphere. No reservations if you have a crowd. Pizza mediocre, salad good. Tomato sauce has had a change and is not so good as is was many years ago. I do not recommend this place.

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Thank Robert A
Karen B, Manager at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing The Clinton Restaurant. We do take reservations for parties of 5 or more, so I'm sorry if someone on staff gave you that misinformation. Secondly, our tomato sauce is made exactly the same way that Ray & Bob's grandfather made it over 7 decades ago. Very little changes at The Clinton! We do appreciate you coming back... More 

Riverhead, New York
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

We were in Whitestone visiting my son and wanted a locals type of place to eat. We picked the Clinton because of the reviews and also we were in the mood for a good Italian meal. As soon a we walked in I could feel that warm family atmosphere. We were seated right away and our drink orders were taken.... More 

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Thank Edward S
Karen B, Manager at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your great review! We really appreciate it! More 

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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

A true local hotspot.......that satisfies most but not for a true foodie....The muscles sauce was amazing and number of muscles was great but the size was absolutely disappointing as they could barley be found in the shell..... The clams were out right sorry to say awful... Way over breaded .... The bread that every one raves about it had it... More 

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Thank an-urban-redneck
Whitestone, New York
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

My local place to go. Food good and so is the service. Been going to the Clinton since I was 14 years old.

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

Thanks for your kind words! We really appreciate it! More 

Whitestone, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Oftentimes with the wife and kids i visit this restaurant. We go for the pizza. We order a large pie or two. It hits the spot.

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

Thanks for your kinds words! We really appreciate it! More 

colege point, ny
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

I love this little local restaurant and bar. There not expensive and the food is Great always served fast and Hot. My favorites are the fried Ravioli and there Chicken parmigiana is excellent. The portion are huge. I highly recommend this little local place inside isn't fancy but the food is GREAT.. If your in the whitestone area check this... More 

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Thank mkuinlan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

It's been there forever ... The food is hearty, tasty and homey. Been going there since I was a kid (45 years give or take). It's not stylish ... It's really good food and local service. I remember the old days when Ray was there. His grandson carries on the legacy. Thanks for being an integral part of Whitestone!

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Thank Jeanne N
Whitestone, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

In spite of it's reputation and history in the neighborhood I had a bad experience here - mediocre food, slow service and somewhat rude waitresses.... and every one of the eight family members with me, felt the same way. Will go elsewhere in the future.

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1 Thank Nick M
Whitestone, New York
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

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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1 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 917 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY 11357
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Queens  >  Whitestone
  • Phone Number: (718) 746-4800

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?