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Paola's Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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Madison Avenue, New York City, NY 10128 (92nd Street)
+1 212-794-1890
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Oakland, California
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121 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Paola's is associated with the Hotel Wales, where I was staying, and cannot be beat for convenience. The staff is very welcoming. The food ranged from good to very good. I had linguine alle vongole, which had a delicious sauce, but was too salty and the clams were a bit tough. My companions had other pasta dishes and I tasted... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paola's was welcoming on a cold, blustery NYC day. The room had a nice energy and the wait staff was attentive. The Caesar salad was substantial enough to share with a generous slice of Parmigiano-Reggiano. We enjoyed two pasta dishes - rigatoni with porcini mushrooms and sausage and fettuccini bolognese. It was not stuffy, nor were folks exceptionally dressed. It... More 

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Irvine, CA
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408 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a pleasant meal at Paola's. It's clearly very popular and was crowded throughout our visit. Each of our entrees was tasty, The most memorable part of the meal was a lemon custard. The wine list is a bit pricey.

Thank too_few_trips_1
Carmel, New York
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96 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

NYC pricing but very fresh very good pasta tasted home made! Very tasty food and desserts. Very friendly wait staff.

Thank ss9968
Holmdel, New Jersey
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017

This is a wonderful find in the upper east side. Although the menu is limited, our group of six found more than enough choices. The portion sizes were generous, and the food was delicious, so we all tried each other's picks. Every one was a winner. The service was exceptional. Plus, it has a beautifully stocked bar.

Thank redhead180
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

Popular Upper East restaurant that offers italian food at its very best. Although crowded still a pleasant atmosphere. We tried the di barbe sallad and the pasta cavatelli alla barese together with a good wine. Very tasty and perfectly spiced. The service was also very good. This is a restaurant worth visiting again.

Thank Lars U
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

fantastic service, food, drinks, host, friendly local fellow diners, this place really is a gem, I have nothing bad to say about it, would definitely return

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017

Paola's is named for chef-owner Paola Bottero, who not surprisingly serves outstanding Italian food. Paola is assisted by her son Stefano, her manager and business partner, and they work very well together.The restaurant has moved twice since starting out in 1983,but has always stayed on the Upper East Side. Paola's first venue was a tiny place on East 83rd Street,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

We had dinner with friends at Paola's on a Tuesday and boy, was it packed. We had to wait 45 minutes for our table, which is perhaps a bit too long. The food was good Americanised Italian. My Brüssel sprouts salad was interesting. The bis of pasta was ok, but perhaps a bit overcooked. The restaurant seems to have a... More 

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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

exellent service and great food tasting ,, fresh pasta delicius ,, i order duck breast ,, was a perfect cooked ,,, delicius dessert

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Madison Avenue, New York City, NY 10128
    (92nd Street)
  • Public Transportation: Subway: The nearest subway station is 96th Street and Lexington Avenue. The nearest express subway station is 86th Street and Lexington Avenue. Bus: The M1, M2, M3 and M4 busses all stop directly in front of Paola’s at 92nd and Madison Avenue.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-794-1890

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