Balthazar
Balthazar

Balthazar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.balthazarny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 965-1414
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 11:30am
    Continental Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 10:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:30am, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Late Supper: Friday - Saturday: 12:00am - 1:30am, Sunday: 11:00pm - 12:30am
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Shane McBride
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Crosby
  • Public Transit: Take the R or W to Prince Street, walk one block south to Spring & one block east to Crosby. Or take the 6 to Spring Street & walk one block west to Crosby. You can also take the F or V to Broadway/ Lafayette & walk two blocks south on Broadway & make a left on Spring.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking garage on Prince & Crosby.
A word from Balthazar
Balthazar is a traditional French Brasserie with a bustling railway station atmosphere. Our kitchen serves a variety of meat and poultry dishes including: Duck Shepherds Pie, Roasted Chicken and Steak Frites. Balthazar specializes in seafood with an array of fish entrees and a complete raw oyster and shellfish bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Balthazar reviews from OpenTable diners
744 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (322)fit for foodies (320)great for brunch (298)hot spot (294)neighborhood gem (235)special occasion (204)good for groups (176)vibrant bar scene (129)romantic (127)notable wine list (126)late-night find (88)kid-friendly (57)great for outdoor dining (33)scenic view (15)Show More
  • Don't Miss This One
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Great food and great service- a gem in New York City
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    This restaurant was super accommodating! We told our waitress that we were in a rush so she informed the Chef and they ensured that our food came up nice and quickly but still of excellent quality and with great serivce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visiting from Australia
    JudyC
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Have been wanting to try for a few times now when visiting from Australia so glad I finally managed to get a booking we enjoyed everything about this restaurant will be returning again for sure...service was outstanding and food a delight I have 2 French restaurants I love one in and one in Melbourne now I have a favourite in New York
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bistro and wonderful ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Thie little gem of a restaurant in Soho is a must visit for me whenever i go to NYC, this time again Balthazar had a great ambiance, the food was good but my pepper steak was tough, good taste but too hard to chew. They kindly did not charge us for it. Our waiter was very efficient but had a hard time with smiling, he did recomment a yummy wine. Overall a nice experience, next time i would take the daily special to be on the safe side.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is What it Is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I'm not saying anything original here, but one goes to Balthazar for the ambiance -- the general warmth -- and classic French comfort food. It's still the one after all these years, especially now that Pastis is temporarily closed. It's perfect of its kind, on the other hand the seating is a tad cheek-by-jowl, the bustle sometimes teeters on the edge of loud and hectic, and there's a notable touristy component -- self-conscious craning necks, constant observation. But still, warm, convivial, standard food -- always a pleasant experienced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude manners
    Andressaheim
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I usually go to NY every year at least, and every time I go, I have dinner in Balthazar. The food is delicious and the neighborhood - Soho - makes it a good dinning experience. BUT, this time was disappointing. It was not the food, it was the rude staff. At first our waitress was in a hurry... Dinning in Balthazar is an experience and we wanted to order one dish at a time. As soon as I ordered the oysters, she came in and asked us to order the main course, and as we ordered the main course, she wanted us to order more things. I know there's a line of millions of people waiting to eat there, but I WANT TO TAKE MY TIME AND ENJOY IT, no pressure. Then, at the end, I went there with my boyfriend - he payed the bill, and he's not used to this American way of paying tips at the credit card. He understood that the tips were included. But, there were not, but he didn't notice. But the thing that happened later shocked me - the mâitre chased us at the restaurant door saying in a loud voice: IN AMERICA THE TIP IS NOT INCLUDED!!!! We were both embarrassed. I really understand that give tipping is important, but it's not an obligation. The true is we forgot but nothing nothing nothing justifies the maitre's attitude. It was rude. If I were in the maitre's place I would try to be more gentle as possible, and not arrogant. It looked like we didn't want to pay the tip - and once more, the tip is not an obligation. Balthazar receives turists from all over the world. Kindness and good manners are essential. Sometimes the restaurant staff should be aware that a bad review in one country will impact a lot in people going to a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice French brasserie
    briceb
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Very tasty food, a bit noisy, good service and a bit pricey but not really surprising for a trendy place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    Battleman
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    It looks like upscale and it's expensive, however it's worth going. The food quality was awesome, fresh food, the steak tartar is far from good and the waiters even fast they won't smile at all. Nice variety of oysters. The place is very nice and it's perfect to meet with friends but it's also extremely noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cindy50
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We came here for a special occasion and heard great things. The food and service exceeded those high expectation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    Fiziklyfit
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Love a great brunch, and this restaurant never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!!!!
    Deeds
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    When in NYC, especially SoHo, ypu HAVE to try this place!!! Incredible food and extremely professional wait staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Mike
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We have been here twice, the place is great, the food is amazing, and the service outstanding! I highly recommend reservation!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Balthazar SoHo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This was such a great meal, we were not let down. The wine list was great and loved the decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Sorry I was unable to take this reservation. And I apologize for not cancelling it prior to the start time. I feel especially badly as I have been to Balthazar years ago and it is a spectacular restaurant and I know it is not easy to get a reservation. I am very sorry and I will be sure to cancel any reservation using Open Table if I am unable to go. I think Open Table is an excellent service and is organized impressively. I appreciate the simplicity of it and again, my apologies for not using the service how is supposed to be used. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Thrilled
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had not been to Balthazar in a long time. We used to frequent Pastis so we figured we would go back to Balthazar for the Steak Frites. While the steak was very good, the frites were horrible. Mcdonalds has better fries. In the world of sea salt fries, truffle fries, sweet potato fries, etc. these tasted like Sisco frozen fries and they were cold. Our service was average, other than our first cocktail, we were never offered a second drink. I remember Balthazar as being much better than this, we were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Very friendly and helpful and understanding personnel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in SOHO
    LPavorotti
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first visit to Balthazar. The restaurant is very French in terms of its look and feel, and the breakfast was fantastic. Our visit was slightly marred by some trouble getting seated, despite having a reservation and arriving on time. They tried seating us in poor locations about 3 times - close to the kitchen, close to a group of teenage tourists, close to the bussing station, and so on. We finally got a great table, and it was all good from there on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little bit of Paris
    Xcskier
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great local bistro, crowded, boisterous, and very alive. Great vibe,everyone having fun. Be sure to have a reservation. We loved our late lunch, I had beet salad, fish in paper, and best, cheese and port for dessert.our waitress was the best, cheery and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mad House
    berly1VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our luncheon reservation was for 2:30 p.m. Weren't seated until 2:50. The food is outstanding. There is the ambiance of a French bistro. However, the noise level and atmosphere is excruciating. Tables are crammed together, some in traffic aisles so that a diner is continually jostled by servers and guests waiting for tables. It is like eating in a subway. Service is quick so that they can turn tables. This is not "dining"; it is eating, and at top prices. I would guess that, like myself and my wife, 75% of the customers are tourists. I have eaten at Balthazar in London and the experience was better. All this said, the food was good, as was the service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lu0021
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Wonderful fun, beautiful décor, great service. It is the perfect place for a ladies lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chickenman
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was my third time and I will be back anytime I am in the city. Each time we have spent three hours - we sit back and enjoy - some of the best Oysters anywhere, cocktails, eggs benedict, I just love this place for brunch. Big thank you to the staff - I incorrectly scheduled this last visit for Friday morning instead of Saturday and despite being packed, they still sat us right away. I had planned this a month in advance as part of our 20th wedding anniversary weekend, so finding seats for us was a big deal and they were great about it. Great service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing breakfast!
    Prada
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Sent here for breakfast as first time in New York, amazed how busy this place is, was recommended by the waitress to have eggs and puff pastry (for breakfast?) it was amazing, so have something different! Was going to just have eggs and bacon, but as our waitress said, you can have that at home, try this it's delicious. Great atmosphere too, excellent service, great place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always, always good
    MACa
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    You cannot miss with this restaurant. Have been going for a while now and it is good EVERY TIME.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great American Restaurant
    JPMallet
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Great traditional American Restaurant! The food is fantastic, and the environment makes you feel the history of a traditional redtaurant. The wine list is also awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere plus
    Claudalicious1
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Great ambience,appears to attract the local crowd... The foie gras superb!!!! And the duck was succelent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always consistent
    eatorgetoutoftheway
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    No matter how many times I visit Balthazar is always great
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food & the service is always amazing. My favorite place to bring guests when they're visiting NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    An absolute must on any visit to New York. This friendly and bustling French style bistro has a laid back attitude with great hearty French food. The duck shepherds pie is fabulous and is the real stand out dish on what is a great menu with dishes to suit most tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • José Carlos Castillo
    JoseCarlos
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The atmophere is great, certainly a must in NYC, but the food is just ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Experience
    JNsyd
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    After being recommended Balthazar by a notable Australian culinary critic as a place with a great vibe known as a celeb hangout who should arrive just as we did none other than Meg Ryan. Staff were friendly as we waited to be seated and as we had to wait 15 minutes at their great little bar the maitre de gave our party of 6 complimentary champagnes nice touch. Good was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC Must Visit
    Woodburn
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    A great character restaurant in NYC. Love the vibe and the food is great. Its about the little touches.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fav breakfast
    andreasiVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Live for the Balthazar breakfast, especially the buckwheat crepes with ham and gruyere that never, ever disappoints. Always on point with the classics.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bigcahoona
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Outstanding,our second time and if it wasn't 4,000 miles away it would be a regular haunt. The service amazing and our waitress even went to the trouble to provide a cake for my wife's birthday 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it !!!!
    MarcyVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We just had dinner in Baltazar after running the marathon , we love these restaurant ant we go every time we visit New York . Food is always great , service always good and the ambiente is great . These year it was even nicer after finishing the marathon , we celebrate very happy in the place !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    One of our favorite places to eat in NYC!! The best Eggs Benedict I've ever had!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    biggles
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Always a good scene with people watching, conversation and food as the key ingreadients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tired?
    Americangourmet1
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Balthazar has been a regular on our go to list whenever we are in New York City. We were disappointed this time. Ordered the grilled sardine appetizer. Horrible. Dry and more bread than sardines. Steak au Poivre also terribly disappointing. Tough and tasteless. We won't take them off the list yet. Great location and will always give a second chance but this time just wasn't good.
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  • almost perfect
    AlandBVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A few unruly children but otherwise remains a favorite, especially for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paris in soho
    irmNYC
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great ambiance, great location, good food! Enjoyed coming back for Sunday brunch, although like the week breakfast choices better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Behdis
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I have been to Balthazar many times! I love the service and the ambiance. The food is outstanding and sufficient with great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.