Reviews

savonastripadvisorsm“Small, cozy, neighborhood restaurant with Italian cuisine is nestled on the ground floor of the old Mansion House Hotel in Kingston, NY below the iron balcony where good ol President Abe Lincoln gave a speech to the busy people of the Rondout Strand. The Savona family has been delighting locals and travelers alike for more than a generation. Food is always fresh with a variety of traditional and lite fare to accompany a selection of fine wines & spirits. Usually busy, (so make reservations) in milder weather they spill over into a covered outdoor patio filled with large palms and potted gardens kept comfortable by a bevy of patio heaters in the fall. We’ve attended some evenings featuring local and well known entertainment. Check out photos of the famous and hungry who’ve stopped by. Save room for delicious desserts! You wont be disappointed.”

“A must place to eat in Kingston. Great food and great location on the Rondout. Excellent menu which features daily specials, which are truly special. Authentic Italian cuisine is not all that is featured. Meats and fish are also outstanding and you can’t find a better drink anywhere in Kingston. The warm garlic bread sticks served with every meal are a signature of Savona’s…they are a tasty start !!! The wait staff completes the dining experience. Friendly and attentive at all times. We love the place and I’m sure you will too. ”
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“For pasta dishes done right and other “comfort food” just like Grandma used to make, surveyors seek out this popular Italian Restaurant in Kingston’s Rondout district serving the family recipes of second-generation restauranteur and engaging host Stephen Savona; affordable tabs, a casual setting with big windows and sidewalk seating all make it easy to become a regular.”
Zagat 2011

“With many eateries to select from on the Kingston waterfront, Savona’s Trattoria is one not to miss. It offers a great menu with a generous selection of Italian cuisine. Reasonable prices as well as ambience welcome everyone in the family.”
The Poughkeepsie Journal

“The eatery has been open for a few years now, and has garnered a devoted following of regulars.  There is a reason for the line at the door.  Savona’s offers a an expansive selection of well prepared classic Italian dishes, served in copious quantities for a very reasonable price. ” – North Country and Hudson Valley Rambler

“The food at Savona’s is hearty and served in copious portions that are satisfying enough to please any palate. They are not just a place to eat but rather, a gathering place where you and your friends and family can slow down, enjoy a great meal over a glass of wine and reconnect in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.”
5 stars-HVLife.com

A pleasant surprise on the Kingston waterfront. The salmon limoncello – a house favorite served with baby spinach and risotto – is possibly the best seafood dish I have ever eaten!”
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“Great service, delicious and plentiful lunch portions. The absolute standout is the bread sticks that you get first. OMG, I could eat them for my whole meal. Excellent Italian food in a really beautifully decorated restaurant, in a lovely part of Kingston. I will certainly return.”
Laura G., Raleigh, NC

“Stopped in on Monday afternoon for a late lunch after a chilly Overlook hike. Sat at the bar. Server was friendly, offered a sample of sangria which was really delicious – not too sweet and not too bitter. Had to ask twice for water but she kept us filled after that.
Started with an appetizer of their signature meatballs and OH my god were they good. I was still talking about them two days later. Note that I’m not really into Italian food or meatballs so I’m not much of a connoisseur, but these made me a believer. Tender and velvety with tons of flavor, in a rich, flavorful meat sauce (I usually don’t care for red sauces), with a lovely scoop of ricotta cheese that was just enough to include in every forkful. I really can’t say enough about these damn things.
We each ordered specials – he got some sort of pasta seafood thing that we both loved, & tasted just as good the next day. I got a crab cake salad. The salad was eh (boring dressing and I like olives but way too many, it was overwhelming) but the crab cake was awesome – smooth texture, nice crispy exterior, lots of flavor, perhaps too much filler to crab ratio but really awesome.
Would definitely go back just for the sangria and meatballs, they were dreamy”
Katherine W. Poughkeepsie NY

“Excellent all around. I would recommend a reservation on Saturday night. The atmosphere was great with a guy singing and playing guitar. My sisters and I enjoyed the calamari, mozzarella sticks, and fried zucchini flowers. We also enjoyed our meals of manicotti with meatball, eggplant parm, and lobster ravioli. We wrapped it up with a great cup of coffee and tiramisu, cheesecake, and chocolatismo cake. Seriously outstanding meal. I can’t wait to eat my leftovers tomorrow!!”
Arlene W., Houston TX

“My favourite is the meatball marinara! The best! The wait staff is awesome too. I really enjoy dining here.”
Rodzi A., Brooklyn NY

“First time here and it is a winner. They have a fabulous wine list and a full bar. Reasonable prices and friendly waitstaff.
The pizzas are very tasty and the eggplant napoleon is very delicious with creamy Gorgonzola cheese and perfectly spiced.
We will definitely return here on our next visit to town.”
Debra W., Champaign IL

“My husband and I had a date night here and it was great! The food portions were huge and tasted AMAZING! I am gluten free and it is hard to find good gluten free Italian food but their gluten free but their fig and prosciutto pizza was the best I’ve ever tasted. My husband helped me eat it and he hates my gluten free foods normally. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the atmosphere was warm and inviting.”
Amanda L., Rosendale NY

“The food is so yummy, I give five stars
The night I went, they had this amazing Italian singer that made my night. I got to listen to Dean Martin and Sinatra classics as I was totally surprised by the quality of the dishes.
It took a long time for us to be served initially but the atmosphere and the dishes will definitely have me coming back.
It’s located by the waterfront and it gets pretty busy on weekends. I got to try some appetizers, pasta and chicken piccata and it was all great. Better than most.
People who want only the best Italian should give it a try.”
Alicia L., New York NY

“Had a wonderful date night here with my boyfriend. I had chicken marsala. He had chicken parmesan. Both were delicious. We started out with fried calamari. The dipping marinara sauce was delicious. Pasta e fagioli was even better. By the time our main dishes came out, I was stuffed. Good solid food. Would go again.”
Erion K., Tucson AZ

“Went there on a Friday night and ity was packed so put our name down on the list and went to a nearby wine bar. When we finally got our dinner reservation, we went to the bar first to get drinks. I got the pomegranate iced tea and was disappointed by it. I didn’t taste any pomegranate and it just tasted like watered down iced tea. I enjoyed my food though. The endless breadsticks were crisp and buttery. I ordered the meatballs and pasta and really liked it. Very tasty, the meatballs were moist and flavorful. It was a big portion so I had left overs. We sat outside and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Would def go back!”
Sadia H., Wilkes-Barre PA

“I recently held my rehearsal dinner for my wedding at the party space at Savona’s and WOW I am so glad I did. Setting up the party was easy, the food was delicious, and the staff was so incredibly accommodating and patient. In addition to setting up and distributing food and drink, they ran a coat check, they set up and broke down a projector screen, faded in lights and music, and responded to every need. I was really impressed with their service, and would definitely recommend other couples having their dinner there. Not five stars only because the appetizer buffet was located in a strange spot and I think people didn’t end up eating as much because of the set up. More my fault for not saying anything earlier in the night. In any case, still absolutely great! Thank you Savona’s!!”
Leah H., Brooklyn NY

“5 stars isn’t enough. This place is special. The owner, staff and food are incredible. We’ve eaten here multiple times and the food and service is always top notch. You will have a great experience and the location is excellent for the historic waterfront. Most recently we hosted 2 events for our wedding weekend at the event space next to the restaurant called “Next Door”. Stephen, the owner, and every one of the staff we worked with, were absolutely outstanding. We had no complaints, the team responded to requests professionally, with a big smile on their faces, and it was clear that the focus was on the guests’ enjoyment. We give Stephen and his entire team the highest level of recommendation we could possibly imagine.”
Rick B., Brooklyn NY

“I had the strawberry salad for lunch and it was delicious. I had a whole bunch left over because the salads are huge there! I will definitely be back!”
Amy V., Vernia, TX

“Had a really lovely romantic dinner here on Sunday night. The ambiance was very nice. There was live entertainment with a man covering some Sinatra classics. As the other reviews have mentioned it was a little noisy but that didn’t bother me. We had the calamari and meatballs for appetizers, this alone was enough food. The meatballs were huge and incredible! I did have higher hopes for the breadsticks since other reviews raved about them. They weren’t for me, they were a little hard. For dinner we had the chicken parm and lobster ravioli. I was a little skeptical about the lobster ravioli since I couldn’t find many reviews about them. I was kind of forced to get them because the special of the day ravioli was unavailable. The ravioli’s were pretty good nonetheless, a little salty but good. The chicken parm was good. We ended our meal with getting some cheese cake to go. It had a very creamy texture which was different. We also got the red sangria and pomegranate iced tea; the iced tea wasn’t good but the sangria was ok. Overall it was a nice meal with good Italian food at a reasonable price. If I’m in the area again I might stop by.”
Rachel J., Evesham Township, NJ

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“I’m a former Kingston resident who came here on a visit back home. This place makes probably the best manicotti I’ve ever had. The filling was amazing, and I cannot speak more highly of the sauce. The service was great, we loved our cocktails, and debated stealing the adjacent table’s breadsticks once we destroyed our own basket. I’ll be back up in June, and I can’t wait to come back!”
Ash D.

“Huge thank you to Savona’s Next Door for a perfect party! Everything we asked was made possible and food was delicious. Guests (toddlers to adults) enjoyed themselves and the staff was spectacular. Can’t wait for the next excuse to book a party here!”
Nicole K.

“I’ve never been disappointed at Savonnas!! My fig and Gorgonzola app was outstanding; fresh, tangy and savory. The rigatoni in alfredo sauce w carrots, mushrooms and zucchini was scrumptious. The perfect amount of sauce, al dented veggies were fresh. I loved it. I can’t wait to go again and try something new.”
Lori-Ann S.

“We had a bridal shower “next door” today and it was absolutely beyond gorgeous! The space, the staff, the food…..EVERYTHING was great. The hostesses were top notch! Thanks Savona’s Next door!”
Jessica P.

“It was wonderful. Had their preview dinner special. The app of bruschetta brie was absolutely the best app I’ve ever had and the gnocchi with bolanese sauce was great, gnocchi were light and airy and an espresso dessert….mmm. Thank you for a great dinner.”
Linda G.

“We’re regulars at Savona’s Trattoria and we’ve NEVER been disappointed with the food or the service! If I ever was, I’d go to the owner. We were there last night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We loved our meals & enjoyed dining on the sidewalk patio.”
Cathy G.

“It’s been a long time since I have been to such an amazing restaurant. First off THANK YOU for acknowledging us Veterans (I am Active duty) w/ our own parking spot. Second, the owner was so kind to my dad who has cancer and has a hard time swallowing recommending a very tasty meal for him to enjoy. On top of that, he checked on us (as well as other tables) frequently to make sure it was pleasant. The food was amazing to say the least. Great staff and prices.
Thank you”
Lynette F.

“This is the place we travel hours to eat at! My fiance and I stumbled upon this lovely spot two years ago and now consider it the best Italian eatery in the Northeast. Love the food, service and ambiance.”
Katrina C.

“Me and my sisters ate there yesterday and I enjoyed my lunch very much and the price was great for all we got, I’am from here, but live in Tennessee now, and we’re here for a visit and I love to visit your restaurant when ever I’am here, see you next time, and thank you so much for a perfect lunch! “
Debbie S.

“The waitress was delightful. Food so fresh. I had the goat cheese beet salad with grilled chicken. Delicious”
Patty H.

“I love this place. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is comfortable and inviting. The food is delicious. I have enjoyed every time I have been there (which is 4 times, I live an hour away).”
Catherine D.

“Went here for our Anniversary and had a great dinner plus great service. We will definitely be returning!!!!”
Terri R.

“We had my sister’s 60th surprise party there, Saturday night. The food was great n the staff was very pleasant. Would definitely go back!”
Mary T.

“Excellent food and service! Best appetizers for sure!”
Reka A.

“It was so good, I ate like I just got out of prison. The sauces, amazing…the food unbelievable…the owner a doll.”
Genya R.

“Gluten free pizza is amazing! Great service to go! Always friendly employees and great food overall”
Judy B.

“Just went to a retirement party. Food and service were really good. Wait staff and bar staff could not have been nicer. All did a great job”
Cappy W.
“The food was excellent. And the service. Was fast I,m from California. And i like. The atmosphere too”
Norma C.

“The location of this restaurant is perfect making the ambiance inside out our fantastic and to top it all off, the food was delicious for a great price. We will definitely be coming back!”
Liana B.

“Always great food. Ate there twice this boating trip. Large portions and friendly service!”
Ina S.

“Great food and staff! Location and atmosphere are very nice. Will definitely be going back!”
Zachary K.

“The food and service were great.this was the first time my wife and I had been to this establishment we were every happy The staff took excellent care of us. We will definitely be back”
Anthony M.

“Food DELISH. Very generous portions. Friendly staff. Very fair prices. Would highly recommend”
Pat W.

“Another great lunch today! The service is always professional and the ambience completes the experience.”
Peter H.
“Love, love,love Savona’s Trattoria and love the family ”
Danielle D.
“Great staff!! Great food, great service! Goes the extra mile to make your meal special!”
Henry R.

“Don’t get here often enough. My bad. Friendly atmosphere but not invasive. Especially when you don’t want to talk just submerge yourself in the fabulous food.”
K.J. M.

“Wonderful food…great atmosphere. Enjoyable lunch with family !”
Paulette D.

“Nice atmosphere…good friendly service…absolutely delicious cuisine!”
Mark K.

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“Not the first time here. After many returns…never had a bad meal. The last meal I ordered from the menu was their mussels and shrimp with thin spaghetti. BUT without the shrimp and with Angel hair. The didn’t hair Angel hair…oh well…i get over it. I was expecting my meal to come with a marinara sauce, but low and behold…a very light cream sauce with little bits of bacon, maybe onions mixed in. I’m glad and it came as a good surprise to help me out of my comfort zone. It was absolutely delicious. Never fail spot! Reasonably priced. Great service and friendly staff.”
Danilo M.

“The food is simply amazing. I have been a customer for many years at the Kingston location and we just ate at the new location in our hometown Red Hook, NY on 10/22/17. This is a distination for true lovers of real Italian cuisine. I grew up in the Bronx and was surrounded by some of the best Italian restaurants in the world and I must say, Savona’s ranks right at the top with Arthur Avenue’s favorites and other NYC famous restaurants. Red Hook now has a Little Italy option. Lots of luck to Steve, his family and his amazing chef & team.”
Kevin Z.

“First time there. Great service and food. Everyone very friendly. Highly recommended.”
Keith H.

“Savona’s did an spectacular job for a family dinner. Relaxed atmosphere. Food was amazing! Good service! They make you feel right at home! Can’t wait to go back!”
Christine F.

“Fabulous chicken Marsala. Everything we had was delicious. The owner is super nice. He and the bartender helped get us seltzer water to get a stain out of a tie. The service is excellent.”
Nicole M.

“Delicious once again. Chicken francias, chicken parmesan, linguine with clams, perfection”
Maria R.

“This has quickly become our favorite restaurant in Kingston. The staff is delightful and the food is absolutely heavenly.”
Tricia R.

“Always great, Sunday evening Michel Dell sings live to set an old school mood’s a special treat!”
Pauline R.

“Glad we ate here after the boat cruise. We had salmon and shrimp entrees – both were delicious along with the salads. White sangria was perhaps best we ever had! Staff friendly and professional, sidewalk table enjoyable with the waterfront views.”
Charles C.

“Delicious menu, reasonable prices, great service every time.”
Judy K.

“Incredible food, friendly staff. The breadsticks are to die for”
Kathleen M.

“5 stars isn’t enough. This place is special. The owner, staff and food are incredible. We’ve eaten here multiple times and the food and service is always top notch. You will have a great experience and the location is excellent for the historic waterfront. Most recently we hosted 2 events for our wedding weekend at the event space next to the restaurant called “Next Door”. Stephen, the owner, and every one of the staff we worked with, were absolutely outstanding. We had no complaints, the team responded to requests professionally, with a big smile on their faces, and it was clear that the focus was on the guests’ enjoyment. We give Stephen and his entire team the highest level of recommendation we could possibly imagine.”
Rick B.

“My boyfriend and I love this place. The food is always consistently delicious. We’ve tried other local Italian places and nothing compares. Make sure you make a reservation. Celine always takes care of us and ensures our visit is perfect.”
Justine J.

“This is my favorite place to eat always good food and atmosphere”
Diane M.

“This restaurant is consistently excellent! We visit every time we are in the area and are never disappointed. Food and service are top notch including Al Fresco dining. Don’t pass this one up.”
Irene M.

“The food was fantastically prepared and the service was great. I would have rated 5 stars, bar the fact that quarters were so close; while this was almost definitely due to it being Father’s Day, the next tables serving platter shouldn’t rest on my table while distributing those whom ordered. Perhaps one or two less tables next time Guys… Comfort in one’s surrounding would be worth an extra dollar on the ticket. “
Glen D.

“Always an amazing meal! Love the live entertainment too!”
Anna L.

“A good place to go very busy very fast-moving a little on the pricey side the food was good I may go again”
Jim Lee

“Caesar salad was good. The garlic bread and spaghetti was fantastic! Very nice service.”
Tom T.

“I was here at a party and the food is amazing and plentiful. The garlic bread sticks were fresh and very delicious and the staff were very friendly. 5/5 would visit again.”
Danny C.

“Service & food were excellent. Well worth the money.” David R.

“What a wonderful place with a welcoming ambiance. The food was great, and we can’t wait to return.”
CT R.
“service is great drinks are stiff and the wait staff is awesome”
James R.

“Had my 60th birthday party there in the garden area. Had a great time, good food. Kids and adult friendly.”
Denise R.

“Amazing food & service!”
Laurie K.

“Complimentary breadsticks and a nice atmosphere. Great Italian food and big portions. They have seasonal butternut squash raviolis that are so amazing.”
Dana N.

“Great service and good food”
Mark.

“Great food, great atmosphere & great service. Would highly recommend the restaurant.”
Gordon S.

“Good food, excellent servers, a very nice place for lunch.”
Shelley J.

“Excellent meal, reasonably priced and great service. Rachel made our anniversary experience memorable. ”
Bertha C.

“Great quality and service!”
Denisha G.

“Attentive staff, better food!”
Jay C.

“Went out on the boat for the day came back to savona’s czateria and got some food to bring back to the boat. Had a few drinks while we waited at the bar, the host/ bartender was awesome and very friendly. Brought the food back to the boat, for some delicious Riverside dining. “
M. S.

“Great food! Great staff!”
Bryan B.

“Food is amazing and they have Gluten Free what a treat!!”
Robert S.

“Excellent food and service. Fresh ingredients well prepared.”
Nickolas G.

“Classic Italian. Mussel appetizer outstanding.”
Ed S.

“Always get the best Italian cuisine ans good helpings so you dont leave hungry.”
Hugh M.

“Excellent food and service!”
Stephanie G.

“Fabulous service and great food.”
Gary O.

“Great meal, great service.”
Toni F.

“After a rough week this place was amazing”
Debra B.

“Phenomenal food in this historic building.”
Pam R.

“All around my favorite and I come EVERY time I’m in town. Fooid is fresh, service is great!!”
Earron R.

“The best food and great wait staff!”
Stephanie R.

“Plentiful, delicious food and great service. Nice vibe: casual elegance.”
Judy S.

“Just had the pan seared scallop risotto. Delicious!”
Marie P.

“First time there. Great food and wonderful service”
Gary T.

“Great service right from the moment they open”
Bill W.

“Always a wonderful experience.
The Limoncello Salmon with risotto was AMAZING .”
Steve D.

“Stopped in Kingston on the way through and found Savona’s easily. Great value, top quality Italian food with a wide selection! Would definitely recommend and go back!”
Joseph G.

“The Eggplant Napoleon was excellent!!!”
Linda M.

“Delicious bread sticks. The arugula on my pizza was delicious.”

Mr. H.

“My family gets dinner at Savona’s every year on Christmas eve. We love it. Aside from that, we’ll go from time to time and you can’t beat the price, service or quality of food. Can’t recommend enough. “
Daniel H.

“A great sidewalk restaurant with classic italian. The calimari is light and the sauces fresh and lively. Attentive service.”
Frank C.
“Great food, a home run. …”
Carole O.

“Excellent, excellent classical Italian food. The service was terrific, and the express lunch is a tremendous, quality value. Can’t wait to return. “
Paul M.
“Just terrific, great food, service and ambiance. Third time i have been here and the third time this restaurant has exceeded expectations…try it, you’ll like it!”
Steven G.

“Some of the best pasta in the Upstate.”
Sawyer S.

“Was here for a catered event, but if the food for the event was any indication the place has the making for a good meal in the dining room.”
Randall L.