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“Italian atmosphere and obnoxiousness...all in one!”
Review of Sant Ambroeus

Sant Ambroeus
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Ranked #5 of 79 Restaurants in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wall Street
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359 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“Italian atmosphere and obnoxiousness...all in one!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Since we live in Italy I am used to the attitude when in the country.
However, I was surprised to find that the Italians who own and work at Sant Ambroeus had not really adapted to US customer service standards sunce their opening in 1992.

The food is quite good. But nothing out of this world. The decor is outdated and the patio follows the Michael Kors store window...not excited about eating while people are shopping and staring out at tables.

They do serve the best coffee in town, and have real Italian gelato. Lovely pastries.
I would however recommend the owner not say out loud that it is wrong to order a take away cappuccino. If one makes the effort to communicate, as a store owner, a smile and a polite answer would suffice.

People in town work and don't have time to "stay at the counter as they should" (I quote). They should be a bit more friendly and less obnoxious because, after all, there is a much better Italian in town...with a much more interesting and private patio, and with a true Italian-ista owner. Just saying...

  • Visited June 2013
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“Exellent food and service”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Outstanding quality of food and very good service.
In case of good weather ask for the terrace.
Certainly the best restaurant in town!

  • Visited June 2013
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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Good choice”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

After waiting over an hour at another restaurant and had not gotten our food, we walked across the street and had a great meal. It was a bit chilly outside even with the heaters but lovely none the less.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Andrea K
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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cappuccino even better than in Italy ;-)”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

I haven't been eating here, just had coffee, cappuccino and gelato and I must say, really (and I have been living in Rome for 10 years so I kinda' should know), the cappuccino here is extremely well done (and with an amount of deliciously airy milk foam hard to find elsewhere, even in Rome), and the gelato is very elegant and enjoyable, definitely competitive with the best italian standards. Must say: Chapeau! :-)

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Sigrid1977
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Verbank
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54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Enjoyable but expensive”
Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had a great meal. Dessert was especially great. Service was good. The meal was expensive as everything is a la carte. We would return to this restaurant

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Diane M
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