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The Clinton Restaurant

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917 Clintonville St, Whitestone, NY 11357-1231
+1 718-746-4800
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Mon 12:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 12:30 - 00:00
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We have been eating here for many years. The food is consistently very good. Never been disappointed.

Thank Sandyf2
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 February 2017

My dad discovered the restaurant back in the 1960's and after we moved to Florida in 1970 whenever any of my family goes back for a visit we ALWAYS make a trip to The Clinton. I was on vacation in October and the first meal I had was there and I love how regardless of how much time passes the... More 

1 Thank Coffeekid328
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

A Go to Place, when I am craving Classic Italian Food. Always, so good....I would highly recommend their Mussels, in Marinara Sauce......Another favorite of Mine is the Chicken Cutlet Parmigiana with Escarole, on the side......and Best of All Their Classic Cheese Pizza...The Best!

1 Thank rrmnyc
New York City, New York
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I have enjoyed every meal I've had at the Clinton - and I've had quite a few. I Iove their pizzas, pastas and parmigianas! The servers are pros not would be actors or authors, the prices are great and the food is excellent. This is a neighborhood institution.

Thank AlexNicholas
Whitestone, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Clinton Restaurant has been in Whitestone since I was a little girl. Their food is delicious. It is not a fancy restaurant, very casual, but worth the wait. At certain times of the day, the line waiting for a table is almost out the door. Anything you order is made fresh and is truly a wonderful meal.

1 Thank Angela M
New York
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194 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The Clinton seems to be popular with the locals, however, I do not know what the draw is. The food is fine, but nothing special. The décor is very outdated and would need some sprucing up.

Thank creativetraveler
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This place has the best pizza in Whitestone... The good part about is that in the sauce they have little chunks of tomatoes so that the pizza is not dry... The restaurant is very nice looking and I recommend it for the delicious food!

Thank Sofiarose1008
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

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 

Thank jessny89
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77 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

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.

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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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 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 

1 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Pizza, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 917 Clintonville St, Whitestone, NY 11357-1231
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Queens  >  Whitestone
  • Phone Number: +1 718-746-4800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?