Stephano's Ristorante

★★★★☆
  • 32 Market St

    Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

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  • 845-297-9300

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Hours
Tue-Sun 4:30pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm

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Just like the previous reviewer, I also never wrote a review before, but I wanted to let others in on what a great restaurant we have here is our own little town.
Stephano's offers a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
We had a truly wonderful dining experience. Not only do they offer by far, the "Best Italian Food" around, they have the largest portions of food and wine that we have ever seen. The staff and service were terrific. We can honestly say, Stephano's is definitly the Best Italian Restaurant in Dutchess County. We will be regulars and we will spread the word around - "If you want it all, go to "Stepahno's.

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★★★★★

Just like the previous reviewer, I also never wrote a review before, but I wanted to let others in on what a great restaurant we have here is our own little town.
Stephano's offers a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
We had a truly wonderful dining experience. Not only do they offer by far, the "Best Italian Food" around, they have the largest portions of food and wine that we have ever seen. The staff and service were terrific. We can honestly say, Stephano's is definitly the Best Italian Restaurant in Dutchess County. We will be regulars and we will spread the word around - "If you want it all, go to "Stepahno's.

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Never wrote a review before, but I feel I must share this. I went here for a valentines day dinner, wish I went anywhere else. The service was absolutely horrible. The owner/hostess is the rudest person I have ever encountered and I wouldn't be surprised if this place doesn't last long. We have 2 small babies at home and time is of the essence, as we had a babysitter from 7-9. Our reservation was at 7, sat after 8 and got our entree by 915. Everyone around us received a glass of wine or beer in the waiting room, but us. We felt like outcasts from the second we walked in. The food was good, but not worth the wait or the horrible treatment we received. When we complained about the wait and the lack of apologies from the owner, we were told oh well, you must not be a regular because the regulars expect and know to wait. Also, that when making a reservation, we should drive by the theater down the road first to see if there is a play going on because if there is, we should expect to wait longer. REALLY?? What else can I DO FOR YOU?!! The owner didn't even come to our table after we complained, but he went to the table next to us and I could hear him telling that table (must have been regulars) about how I was complaining. I was not looking for anything free, in fact, I complained after I paid my bill in full and tipped the waiter over 20%. The owner finally showed concern when he ran after us in the parking lot to explain that he didn't come to our table BECAUSE HE THOUGHT WE WERE CRAZY FOR COMPLAINING! He also said he only gave people drinks who were waiting 2 hours. It seemed as though when he ran up to us that he was trying to start a fight with us? Horrible. I am in the customer service industry and cant imagine how this place is still in business. Never, have I ever been treated so poorly. My husband and I dine out often, and have never had a problem, or written a bad review. I will be writing a letter to the better business bureau, as well as spreading the word on the internet....STAY AWAY! Wait for the new owners, bc Im sure there will be some soon. STEPHANOS IS HORRIBLE. DO NOT SUPPORT.

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★☆☆☆☆

Never wrote a review before, but I feel I must share this. I went here for a valentines day dinner, wish I went anywhere else. The service was absolutely horrible. The owner/hostess is the rudest person I have ever encountered and I wouldn't be surprised if this place doesn't last long. We have 2 small babies at home and time is of the essence, as we had a babysitter from 7-9. Our reservation was at 7, sat after 8 and got our entree by 915. Everyone around us received a glass of wine or beer in the waiting room, but us. We felt like outcasts from the second we walked in. The food was good, but not worth the wait or the horrible treatment we received. When we complained about the wait and the lack of apologies from the owner, we were told oh well, you must not be a regular because the regulars expect and know to wait. Also, that when making a reservation, we should drive by the theater down the road first to see if there is a play going on because if there is, we should expect to wait longer. REALLY?? What else can I DO FOR YOU?!! The owner didn't even come to our table after we complained, but he went to the table next to us and I could hear him telling that table (must have been regulars) about how I was complaining. I was not looking for anything free, in fact, I complained after I paid my bill in full and tipped the waiter over 20%. The owner finally showed concern when he ran after us in the parking lot to explain that he didn't come to our table BECAUSE HE THOUGHT WE WERE CRAZY FOR COMPLAINING! He also said he only gave people drinks who were waiting 2 hours. It seemed as though when he ran up to us that he was trying to start a fight with us? Horrible. I am in the customer service industry and cant imagine how this place is still in business. Never, have I ever been treated so poorly. My husband and I dine out often, and have never had a problem, or written a bad review. I will be writing a letter to the better business bureau, as well as spreading the word on the internet....STAY AWAY! Wait for the new owners, bc Im sure there will be some soon. STEPHANOS IS HORRIBLE. DO NOT SUPPORT.

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I'll give this place a 4 star. 4 star because we enjoyed eating our food, the food is taste good and service? Oh.. never mind with the service, it would not pass with my standard when it come to service.

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★★★★☆

I'll give this place a 4 star. 4 star because we enjoyed eating our food, the food is taste good and service? Oh.. never mind with the service, it would not pass with my standard when it come to service.

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I have been there a few times & thought the food, wine & the portions were really good........However, I have been reading the reviews of how unfriendly the owner & waitress's are & am very disappointed in that.......How would they feel if they didn't get tipped? Well that's how people feel who are putting out good money to eat there. My son is in from Texas & I would like to take him there this Saturday.........I hope we have a good, decent experience..........It doesn't take much to be courteous. Remember guys, it's the customers who are keeping you in business............

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★★★★★

I have been there a few times & thought the food, wine & the portions were really good........However, I have been reading the reviews of how unfriendly the owner & waitress's are & am very disappointed in that.......How would they feel if they didn't get tipped? Well that's how people feel who are putting out good money to eat there. My son is in from Texas & I would like to take him there this Saturday.........I hope we have a good, decent experience..........It doesn't take much to be courteous. Remember guys, it's the customers who are keeping you in business............

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This was the most awful dining experience ever! When we first arrived, we were not even acknowledged by the staff. Then when we were finally seated, a waiter came tearing out of the back and almost knocked me down. They never served bread or poured water when we were seated either. There were no water glasses even set at the table. The waiter was clumsy and splashed wine on our guest. They have a limited wine selection and only offered two kinds of beer and no liquor. When the waitress arrived to take our order I asked if there were any specials. The waitress who we learned was the actual owner, responded, "Well, there aren't many left." Then she proceeded to grab the menu and scribble off all but one special with her Bic pen. None of the wait staff ever introduced themselves including the OWNER! They were all casually dressed- not even in basic black and white wait staff attire. The bread was HORRIFIC!! It tasted like frozen dinner rolls with herbed old garlic butter inside! When the food arrived it appeared with so much garlic and parsley as garnish that you literally could not see the food underneath it! Not one of us ate our meals. We ordered coffee/cappuccino and when served, came with all 4 spoons and many sugar packets most of which were OPEN all on one saucer of cappuccino!!!! They never once cleaned the table throughout the entire meal. The restaurant was freezing and not only from the cold atmosphere. The ambiance is that of a barely finished basement! The whole experience was just plain embarrassing! If you truly want beautiful atmosphere, excellent Italian cuisine and service, just keep going to Aroma Osteria on Rte. 9- which will continue to be our all time favorite restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was the most awful dining experience ever! When we first arrived, we were not even acknowledged by the staff. Then when we were finally seated, a waiter came tearing out of the back and almost knocked me down. They never served bread or poured water when we were seated either. There were no water glasses even set at the table. The waiter was clumsy and splashed wine on our guest. They have a limited wine selection and only offered two kinds of beer and no liquor. When the waitress arrived to take our order I asked if there were any specials. The waitress who we learned was the actual owner, responded, "Well, there aren't many left." Then she proceeded to grab the menu and scribble off all but one special with her Bic pen. None of the wait staff ever introduced themselves including the OWNER! They were all casually dressed- not even in basic black and white wait staff attire. The bread was HORRIFIC!! It tasted like frozen dinner rolls with herbed old garlic butter inside! When the food arrived it appeared with so much garlic and parsley as garnish that you literally could not see the food underneath it! Not one of us ate our meals. We ordered coffee/cappuccino and when served, came with all 4 spoons and many sugar packets most of which were OPEN all on one saucer of cappuccino!!!! They never once cleaned the table throughout the entire meal. The restaurant was freezing and not only from the cold atmosphere. The ambiance is that of a barely finished basement! The whole experience was just plain embarrassing! If you truly want beautiful atmosphere, excellent Italian cuisine and service, just keep going to Aroma Osteria on Rte. 9- which will continue to be our all time favorite restaurant.

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I love this place! If you want good Italian food make a reservation ,be there on time have a glass of wine(bye the way the glass of wine they serve you is huge)!) I have read many blogs about the service being rude I have been to both locations never had a problem. If you are an ass I guess you will get treated like one where-ever you go. Make a reservation be there on time ,enjoy,enjoy manga manga its good food.!!!!!!!!!!!!

5
★★★★★

I love this place! If you want good Italian food make a reservation ,be there on time have a glass of wine(bye the way the glass of wine they serve you is huge)!) I have read many blogs about the service being rude I have been to both locations never had a problem. If you are an ass I guess you will get treated like one where-ever you go. Make a reservation be there on time ,enjoy,enjoy manga manga its good food.!!!!!!!!!!!!

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excellent food, excellent service love the new location. Heather and Steve as always out do themselves to make everything great.

5
★★★★★

excellent food, excellent service love the new location. Heather and Steve as always out do themselves to make everything great.

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Had dinner last night at our favorite spot. Osso Bucco what a great dish, my second favorite. I love their veal chop the best. The new place is great much more room. We have been going to Stephanos for years we are city people, it is just as good if not better than any place in the city. The service is good, friendly and attentive. Ignore the nay sayers, they dont have any idea what they are talking about. The ignoramus that posted they wont go back, Im pretty sure they dont want you back, I am there at least 2xs a month I have never seen the waiters or waitress be rude. Go all and enjoy the real deal, nothing better locally trust me.

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★★★★★

Had dinner last night at our favorite spot. Osso Bucco what a great dish, my second favorite. I love their veal chop the best. The new place is great much more room. We have been going to Stephanos for years we are city people, it is just as good if not better than any place in the city. The service is good, friendly and attentive. Ignore the nay sayers, they dont have any idea what they are talking about. The ignoramus that posted they wont go back, Im pretty sure they dont want you back, I am there at least 2xs a month I have never seen the waiters or waitress be rude. Go all and enjoy the real deal, nothing better locally trust me.

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Went to Stephanos on Market Street this past weekend. Food great as always. Service good once seated. Blonde owner rude and unfriendly as always. Multiple people walked out while waiting because no one spoke with them or they had reservations and were told by owner sorry she was still seating hour before. Would help a lot if a separate hostess would greet you , take name and update you and at least thank you for coming.

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★★★☆☆

Went to Stephanos on Market Street this past weekend. Food great as always. Service good once seated. Blonde owner rude and unfriendly as always. Multiple people walked out while waiting because no one spoke with them or they had reservations and were told by owner sorry she was still seating hour before. Would help a lot if a separate hostess would greet you , take name and update you and at least thank you for coming.

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The food was wonderful. From now on, I will only get take-out. I will never go back here and have to deal with the horrendous service of that nasty waitress. Their new location is much nicer but the waitress still has not changed at all, still as nasty as ever. If I am going out to dinner with my husband, I EXPECT to have good service along with good food. I won't pass up one, just to have the other. They really need a new waitress if they want to stay in business!

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was wonderful. From now on, I will only get take-out. I will never go back here and have to deal with the horrendous service of that nasty waitress. Their new location is much nicer but the waitress still has not changed at all, still as nasty as ever. If I am going out to dinner with my husband, I EXPECT to have good service along with good food. I won't pass up one, just to have the other. They really need a new waitress if they want to stay in business!

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In response to the people complaining about the small size of the restaurant, I think that's what so great about the place. It's so intimate. Often we end up having a conversation with the next table over. And in regards to the "rude" hostess/waitress, I find her to be friendly and efficient. Maybe her efficiency can be interpreted as abruptness by some. And, most importantly, the food is EXCELLENT! Based on food and atmosphere I give Stephanos 5 stars. It's my favorite place around and I can't wait for it to open in it's new location.

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★★★★★

In response to the people complaining about the small size of the restaurant, I think that's what so great about the place. It's so intimate. Often we end up having a conversation with the next table over. And in regards to the "rude" hostess/waitress, I find her to be friendly and efficient. Maybe her efficiency can be interpreted as abruptness by some. And, most importantly, the food is EXCELLENT! Based on food and atmosphere I give Stephanos 5 stars. It's my favorite place around and I can't wait for it to open in it's new location.

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I absolutely LOVE this restaurant. Can??t wait until they reopen at their new location, although the food is so good, I could really care less where I sit and eat it. Hoping to hire them to cater my upcoming wedding. For some-it??s the dress that matters, others-the location, but for me-it??s definitely the FOOD! Getting Stephano??s booked for this will be the jumping off point for my big day. So, if it??s not at all obvious to readers yet: eat there. I wish they had a website to share with my guests :) Heidi

5
★★★★★

I absolutely LOVE this restaurant. Can??t wait until they reopen at their new location, although the food is so good, I could really care less where I sit and eat it. Hoping to hire them to cater my upcoming wedding. For some-it??s the dress that matters, others-the location, but for me-it??s definitely the FOOD! Getting Stephano??s booked for this will be the jumping off point for my big day. So, if it??s not at all obvious to readers yet: eat there. I wish they had a website to share with my guests :) Heidi

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Six of us went here for dinner. The food is good but sorry to say not great and not worth the pricey tag. The one thing my friends and I always talk about when we talk about this place is how we won't forget how rude the hostess and staff was. It is horribly small. It really, desperately needs major renovations. I felt like I was in an old run down basement.

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★☆☆☆☆

Six of us went here for dinner. The food is good but sorry to say not great and not worth the pricey tag. The one thing my friends and I always talk about when we talk about this place is how we won't forget how rude the hostess and staff was. It is horribly small. It really, desperately needs major renovations. I felt like I was in an old run down basement.

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Stephano's is the "Best Kept Secret" in the Hudson Valley. Tucked away off of Rte 9 on Middlebush, what a find! The food is amazing, no matter what I have ordered I have never been less than amazed. I am used to driving to the Bronx to Arthur Ave, to get authentic Italian cooking. SAVE THE GAS!! The Chef Steve is so talented and passionate about cooking. His lovely wife is the Hostess. When you are at Stephano's you are family! It is a small, intimate setting so reservations are necessary! The waiters are busy and efficient! Some nights people wait without reservations in the parking lot for hours- that's just a reflection of how good the food is! GO THERE!!!

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★★★★★

Stephano's is the "Best Kept Secret" in the Hudson Valley. Tucked away off of Rte 9 on Middlebush, what a find! The food is amazing, no matter what I have ordered I have never been less than amazed. I am used to driving to the Bronx to Arthur Ave, to get authentic Italian cooking. SAVE THE GAS!! The Chef Steve is so talented and passionate about cooking. His lovely wife is the Hostess. When you are at Stephano's you are family! It is a small, intimate setting so reservations are necessary! The waiters are busy and efficient! Some nights people wait without reservations in the parking lot for hours- that's just a reflection of how good the food is! GO THERE!!!

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I read the reviews and laughed at the carded couple...nothing as embarrasing as getting caught trying to drink underage!
I have inlaws in Poughkeepsie and everytime I come north I ask to go to this great little restaurant. I've eaten all over the US and I think this is my favorite place by far. They pour you a generous glass of wine, the prices are very conservative and the plates are huge! The service is fast, attentive and not floural...just the way we like it. Please don't listen to the nay sayer who got her shorts in a bunch. This restaurant is top notch and will wow anyone with half a brain.

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★★★★★

I read the reviews and laughed at the carded couple...nothing as embarrasing as getting caught trying to drink underage!
I have inlaws in Poughkeepsie and everytime I come north I ask to go to this great little restaurant. I've eaten all over the US and I think this is my favorite place by far. They pour you a generous glass of wine, the prices are very conservative and the plates are huge! The service is fast, attentive and not floural...just the way we like it. Please don't listen to the nay sayer who got her shorts in a bunch. This restaurant is top notch and will wow anyone with half a brain.

Pros: excellent all around

Cons: seating area too small

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Food was a pleasant surprise. The luncheon menu is varied and the waiter was very attentive. I will have toi try one of the desserts next time if I do not eat too many of the wonderful rolls.

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★★★★★

Food was a pleasant surprise. The luncheon menu is varied and the waiter was very attentive. I will have toi try one of the desserts next time if I do not eat too many of the wonderful rolls.

Pros: rolls are delicious, entrees perfect!

Cons: Not open for lunch on Saturday

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I feel that I must write a reply to the woman who called my restaurant unpatriotic. I remember you quite clearly, you ordered a bottle of wine you were proofed because it is NEW YORK STATE LAW. You appeared under age NYS law requires that I the license holder obtain legal proof. Your companion gave me his military Id (you did not.)
I asked for a second form of Id because it is NEW YORK STATE LAW to do so. You or your companion did not have any other form of ID. You were declined alcohol. Thats the law. You were abrupt and upset, I sympathized with you, but could not serve you. We are a small business and can not afford to take risks such as serving minors.
Please also let it be known that Stephano's supports our troops not only financially but whole heartedly and is thank-full for all of the sacrifices that they have made for our countries safety and security.

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★★★★★

I feel that I must write a reply to the woman who called my restaurant unpatriotic. I remember you quite clearly, you ordered a bottle of wine you were proofed because it is NEW YORK STATE LAW. You appeared under age NYS law requires that I the license holder obtain legal proof. Your companion gave me his military Id (you did not.)
I asked for a second form of Id because it is NEW YORK STATE LAW to do so. You or your companion did not have any other form of ID. You were declined alcohol. Thats the law. You were abrupt and upset, I sympathized with you, but could not serve you. We are a small business and can not afford to take risks such as serving minors.
Please also let it be known that Stephano's supports our troops not only financially but whole heartedly and is thank-full for all of the sacrifices that they have made for our countries safety and security.

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My husband is a Marine and got stationed in New York. We wanted a nice place to go eat for our anniversary, so we went here. My husband made a reservation, but when we got there we were seated at the smallest most inconvenient table. We decided to shrug that off and just enjoy ourselves. So we ordered our meal and a bottle of wine. We were told that we both needed two forms of ID to order the wine. We thought this was odd, but we handed them the IDs, a drivers license and MILITARY ID. After about 10 minutes we were told that out of state IDs and MILITARY IDs could not be accepted. Now that is not only a blatant lie but it is border line unpatriotic. Then we were ignored for our other drink order for a long time. We were so upset that we just left and went to a restaurant a minute away that gladly accepted our IDs. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food is ok, but it is over priced and you can get it just as good somewhere else where you will be treated with respect.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband is a Marine and got stationed in New York. We wanted a nice place to go eat for our anniversary, so we went here. My husband made a reservation, but when we got there we were seated at the smallest most inconvenient table. We decided to shrug that off and just enjoy ourselves. So we ordered our meal and a bottle of wine. We were told that we both needed two forms of ID to order the wine. We thought this was odd, but we handed them the IDs, a drivers license and MILITARY ID. After about 10 minutes we were told that out of state IDs and MILITARY IDs could not be accepted. Now that is not only a blatant lie but it is border line unpatriotic. Then we were ignored for our other drink order for a long time. We were so upset that we just left and went to a restaurant a minute away that gladly accepted our IDs. I would NEVER recommend this restaurant to anyone. The food is ok, but it is over priced and you can get it just as good somewhere else where you will be treated with respect.

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I would eat here every weekend the food is so good, but the service is so bad it pains me to go there. The waitress is so disinterested in you and seems annoyed by your mere presence. I think she is afraid of smiling.

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★★★★☆

I would eat here every weekend the food is so good, but the service is so bad it pains me to go there. The waitress is so disinterested in you and seems annoyed by your mere presence. I think she is afraid of smiling.

Pros: Food, Variety

Cons: Service

 

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