Babbo Ristorante
Babbo Ristorante

Babbo Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://babbonyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127770303
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open seven days a week, lunch is Tuesday through Saturday 11:30am - 2pm, dinner is every night. Monday to Saturday the bar opens at 5pm, dinner service starts at 5:30pm, last reservations 11:15pm. On Sundays the bar opens at 4:30pm, dinner service begins at 5pm and the last reservations are at 10:45pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Mario Batali
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street
  • Public Transit: West 4th street subway station (8th street/Waverly Place exit): A,C,E,B,D,F and M trains. We recommend traveling at the back of the train if coming from uptown, the front of the train if coming from downtown, to find the closest exit at the station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking in front of the restaurant is available after 6pm. The nearest garage is GMC, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street and can be entered via Eighth Street or Waverly Place.
A word from Babbo Ristorante
Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's flagship restaurant, located on Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, opened to great acclaim in 1998 and is as bustling and popular as ever. It offers three-star dining that redefines and reinvents the principles of Italian cuisine for 21st century America. An epic, landmark wine list, an exciting, quintessentially New York dining room and expert, attentive and cordial service make a table at Babbo one of New York’s prized possessions.
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Babbo Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
397 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (250)special occasion (234)notable wine list (210)romantic (168)neighborhood gem (113)hot spot (84)great for lunch (57)vibrant bar scene (34)good for groups (29)late-night find (27)great for brunch (10)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Third time at babbo.always good service and great wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A good insight into the New York dining scene; frenetic but under control
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ups and downs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    On arrival we informed the staff of our reservation and the upgrade we made via phone from 2 to 4 people. We were informed that no note was made of this and were talked to quite rudely. When our friends arrived however they seemed to just change their minds and we were seated. The food varied from so so to amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary lunch
    Demache
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We have a favorite spot in the City but weren't too impressed with the lunch options for that day. We took this as an oppotunity to go elsewhere. We've been meaning to try Babbo but always ended up with our tried and true favorite. We loved how cozy Babbo is. It really felt like dining in someone's home. Very warm with high-end, delicious, creative food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely fun evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was really wonderful and the setting lovely. We had a fab table for 4 and some lovely wine too. Great music choices!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babbo 2nd visit
    Cgold212
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    It's an outstanding restaurant! The food and wine are by far and NYC standards the best, the servers are for the most part conscientious, though not warm or friendly. As an Italian I love his interpretations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique food and service
    Primal7
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Well worth the effort in trying to locate Waverly place - the overall experience was perfect - all people had great personalities - the timing was perfect and the handwriting on the dessert place outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    Bklynmom
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was outstanding, but we were underwhelmed by half of our dishes. Linguini with clams was peculiarly bland. Pig's foot was adequate. Fish and steak were excellent. Overall, we were disappointed in the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Babbo - why are you not there now?
    Shagahs
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It's a lovely place with impossibly professional service, impeccable decor, and food that belongs on your bucket list. Get off the internet and Go There Now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angelo,Anne
    AngeloVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Wonderful great food service and server cannot be best a must and will return in future Thanks for a great evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Went as a part of a weeken d trip for our 30th anniversary. It is the best restaurant of the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This meal (lunch) was my second at this restaurant. It had been several years since I was last there. And I have to say, I was disappointed. Feels like they're phoning it in. Food was fine but not at all thrilling. Service was a problem -- they tried very hard to rush us through our four courses, to the point where I started to get quite testy. Mr Batali should probably spend less time on tv and more on making sure guests are treated properly at his flagship.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Perfect
    MrCPWVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    As an owner of a fine dining restaurant I have come to appreciate the hard work and talent that goes into delivering a perfect dining experience for each guest. I could not have been more impressed with the food, the service, and outstanding wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overrated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Overrated. Some dishes, like the pork loin you could prepare them at home. Great pastas and fantastic wine list. Average bread and nice service. Too expensive for what you could get elsewhere, if you want Batali go to Eataly
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique and high quality
    Restauranteur11
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    These guys know what they're doing -- food was delicious -- service was great -- we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Babbo-WOW!
    Greg
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was our first visit to Babbo and I do not know why we waited so long. I always had the impression it was just too expensive. But, for lunch it was a good value. The food was stellar. The service was attentive but not obsequious. As expected here, but not found in all Italian restaurants, the pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente texture. I had one of the specials, pointed out to us by our waiter, the Pork “Francobolli.” The sommelier graciously matched it with a perfect red. My guest had the Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Pesto and Salami Calabrese. This is a superb variation on an Italian classic. We finished the meal with the Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo. That was simply the best dessert I have ever eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kmo1854
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had the special salad which was delicious and then we shared the pasta with lobster and it didn't have much flavor. I would say the red sauce was very average. We had the lamb and halibut and again nothing special. I felt it was very overrated and would not go back. We had to ask someone to get a server to take our order. We must have waited 15 minutes before anyone came to our table and it was a Monday night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brook
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had the feeling I was dining in Tuscany , great food and excellent wines.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Meh
    TatyanaVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Babbo still has good food, but the service we had was inept. Our server didn't know the menu, he messed up our drinks and he would disappear for long periods of time. Meanwhile, there were about 6 staff milling about on the second floor none of whom offered to take our order or find our server. They were just standing around chitchatting. The only redeeming thing about our experience was the knowledgeable and charismatic sommelier. I think in the future I'll stick with Marea and Ai Fiori for special occasions, because this did not feel special in any way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely from start to finish.
    DayHu
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful meal of the traditional tasting menu with accompanying wines. The food was delicious (especially the pappardelle, wow) and the service was honestly superb - informed and courteous. They were sensitive to my husband's dietary restriction. Thank you Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich for creating such a lovely and memorable restaurant - we will recommend to all our friends visiting New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not meet expectations
    IzzyKVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I have been wanting to eat at Babbo for an eternity. Dinner reservations were difficult to obtain. I checked OpenTable for a lunch reservation this week and there was plenty of availability one day prior. I was psyched! The food was OK. Just OK. I love the other Batali restaurants but I felt my meal fell short. I had arugula salad which was OK and grilled octopus which was a little tough and a little mealy. I love octopus and have been eating it all my life so I know how it should be. Just nothing special. That was a shock to me as the other restaurants were great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a kind
    ELC69VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Simply delicious! Duck was perfectly cooked, octopus as starter is a most. Best wine selection ever seen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent meal
    GR23
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    It was beyond our expectations. The pasta tasting menu is unique and the quartinos were great options for wine for the appropriate courses. The food is absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We dine quite frequently at Babbo and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. All of the pasta dishes are excellent, however, the black spaghetti is one of our all time favorites. The rib eye for two is another stand out item that we highly recommend. The wine list is tremendous and the sommeliers are very helpful in providing a recommendation. This is an experience not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TJmtl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food at Babbo was delicious and the ambiance was great. We had an excellent overall experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    lookinferfood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our second trip to Babbo did not disappoint (except for being limited to a 5:30 reservation). We were in town for the US Open and to celebrate a friend's birthday. The scallop special and lamb were standouts and the pistachio and chocolate semi freddo was a near religious experience. Service was prompt and attentive and the sommelier helpful. This is a standout New York City dining experience. Looking forward to eating there again (maybe later in the evening next time.....?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Flavors & textures galore
    Rickchen007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Best Grilled Octopus! Texture was soft & almost creamy insider with grilled exterior with amazing flavors. Apparently secret is tenderizing when boiling/braising with wine corks.Wife & I split Beef Cheek Ravioli and the squab liver & black truffles sauce was umami. Also had Gnocchi w/braised oxtail which was good. For secondi, we had the Grilled Pork Chop (excellent) & Barbecued Squab (terrific). Our server was extremely knowledgeable, made great recommendations with seamless service almost stealth like with perfect timing from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New to Babbos
    FoodieGal
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had never dined here before and had heard a lot about it. We chose it for a special meal with our daughter because we had read good things. The food was excellent and superb and the atmosphere appropriate for a nice meal of this sort. The only thing that was a little off was the service. It wasn't "bad" but it was a little odd and a little bit rushed. My daughter was even picking up a piece of bread from her bread plate, and the server came over and moved it mid-pick up. Kind of shocking. The service had that feel of "finish your meal, we have another booking" while trying to appear 5 star. So it was a good meal because the food was so great, but lacked a bit in the relaxation factor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I loved the 1st time, just OK next
    RDawalt
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    No as good the second time, again at lunch. One pasta needed salt the other was overly salty. Fish dish was interesting but not delicious. Had this been our first time, we probably would not have returned. The restaurant is understaff. Drinks and service tend to be relaxed to slow; even after you catch someone's eye and make a request, it may be a while before the straw, butter, martini appear. In my previous review I said that there were no good tables downstairs. I still feel that way but the tables opposite the bar have the least traffic back and forth except for new arrivals who don't form a stream as the wait staff does coming and going from the kitchen. I'll either try it at night of chose Del Posto for my next excursion.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was good however, we felt as though our entire dinner was being rushed so the place could turn the table. Having spent and ordered a large $ of food and drink I absolutely do not appreciate that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Babbo tourist treat
    Motel6
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Tired physical plant takes nothing from the 5star food and service experience. Low priced menu for the quality of the food means mario just wishes to fill up the joint with low prices and serve out his sweetheart 20 year lease term. If ripped tee shirts are your favorite dinner companions you'll love the vibe. Best food value in the U.S. for sure. But there's more to food than food.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OK, not great.
    RichardHVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    After all the build up to the actual dinner, Babbo was a let down. We went with the expectation of a fantastic experience and meal based upon the difficulty in getting a reservation at a decent time and how full the restaurant was when we dropped in passing a week earlier. Food was OK, but not great and the service was very on and off. We felt ignored and when our waiter did arrive, our menu questions where answered very impatiently. Maybe the problem was having the Del Posto experience prior to eating here. Esca provided a much better experience for a similar price. I would recommend the restaurant for a larger group (we were 3) as the service seemed to be more attentive to the group than to our party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything we expected and more
    LouisianaEater
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was off-the wall insanely good and the portions were generous. My wife and I could barely finish all we ordered, and we're big eaters! I'd recommend the BBQ octopus, black spaghetti and sweet breads. The service was quintessential fine dining service as well. Our server, Cameron, was ideal and helped guide us through the menu, which I'll admit could be overwhelming at first. If your a fan of what Joe Bastianich does or just obsessed with Mario Batali and his signature orange flair (even the steak knife was orange) then you should not miss out on Babbo. This meal would have been worth out trip to New York alone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FABULOUS!
    GrEy1016VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    My husband, parents, and I were lucky enough to get a last minute reservation at Babbo on Sunday night. We collectively agreed that it is one of the best restaurants we have ever been to. We are all born and raised New Yorkers and have been to the top restaurants in the city. Babbo was simply fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    PestoQueenVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at this wonderful established restaurant! Never a disappointment. Try to come here to celebrate my birthday every year. The wine list is tops and the service even better. Had the gnocchi with the oxtail ragu that wowed me! Thoughtful and caring staff. Will be back, even if I do drive 80 miles to get there!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The varied menu was delicious and the service was exceptional. I watch "The Chew" so I was eager to see a Mario Vatali restaurant and I was not disappointed,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just okay.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    too much brining. Some of the food was too salty. The meal was good not outstanding. Portions were small Ex. sweetbreads as well as the sea scallops(3) could have been larger portions. Service was good. The meal was nice not memorable.
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  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Two of the four entrees at our table were served cold, but the pasta dishes were very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    MonicacolegioVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went there to know because a friend recommended, and it is really good, the food was amazing.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch
    Jazzy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Babbo's. The white bean and calamari and the spaghetti bolognese were awesome! The only glitch was that the server forgot to give us olive oil with our bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.