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The Clinton Restaurant

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917 Clintonville St, Whitestone, NY 11357-1231
+1 718-746-4800
Today
12:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Hours:
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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New York City, New York
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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.

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Thank AlexNicholas
Whitestone, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Angela M
New York
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165 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 The décor is very outdated and would need some sprucing up.

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Thank creativetraveler
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Sofiarose1008
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank jessny89
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69 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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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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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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 

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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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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

A true local hotspot.......that satisfies most but not for a true foodie....The muscles sauce was amazing and number of muscles was great but the size was absolutely disappointing as they could barley be found in the shell..... The clams were out right sorry to say awful... Way over breaded .... The bread that every one raves about it had it... More 

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Thank an-urban-redneck
Whitestone, New York
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

My local place to go. Food good and so is the service. Been going to the Clinton since I was 14 years old.

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Karen B, Manager at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words! We really appreciate it! More 

Whitestone, New York
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Oftentimes with the wife and kids i visit this restaurant. We go for the pizza. We order a large pie or two. It hits the spot.

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Thank JoeySpanks
Karen B, Manager at The Clinton Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your kinds words! We really appreciate it! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 23:00
Thursday
12:00 - 23:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?