Barbetta Restaurant
Barbetta Restaurant

Barbetta Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://barbettarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 246-9171
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours of Operation Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00pm-2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 4:00pm-12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dream Team de Cuisine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: Pianist evenings from 6:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Btwn 8th & 9th Aves
  • Public Transit: A,E,C,1,R,N,S
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Barbetta Restaurant
Celebrating its 108th Year, Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in New York still owned by its founding family. Barbetta is also New York's oldest Italian restaurant and the oldest restaurant in the Theater District. This three-fold distinction has earned it landmark status by the Locali Storici d'Italia. In a glittering interior decorated with 18th century Italian antiques Barbetta serves the cuisine of Piemonte, Italy's northwestern most region. In summer, its exuberantly verdant garden with century-old trees and scented with the blooms of wisteria, oleander, jasmine and gardenia make it a most sought-after site for al fresco dining.
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Barbetta Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
261 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (157)romantic (156)special occasion (152)neighborhood gem (99)fit for foodies (67)notable wine list (66)great for lunch (53)good for groups (46)late-night find (19)scenic view (16)great for brunch (13)hot spot (12)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Very disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I always felt that I couldn't go wrong with any restaurant in NYC - until I went to Barbetta's. Three life-long girlfriends met in NY for a weekend birthday celebration/reunion of shopping, dinner and theater. I made reservations at Barbettas through Open Table based on the outstanding reviews. We were all very disappointed in our meal. The Prix Fix meal was pricey so we decided to go a la carte. That was even more pricey, the food fair with no presentation. Two of us had the pasta with meat (veal) sauce and a salad. The salad was very salty and the pasta was dry and flavorless. We commented about the meal when we were leaving and were asked why we didn't say anything to the waiter. Well, the waiter deposited our food and no one came back to ask about our meal. In fairness, they did give us a Happy Birthday dessert which was very good. The hostess was pleasant. I'm sorry but I cannot recommend Barbetta.
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  • Great atmosphere
    mobiledude
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    The best part of the restaurant is the atmosphere.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fishermanVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Local gem - Outstanding in all respects!!! From the moment you enter the restaurant to when you leave it is a special time for fine food - good service and hospitality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Theater dinner
    Lizzyk24
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Perfect for a pre theater dinner. I'm always sceptic of a prefixed me u but there were many options and everything was delicious I would highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance
    Patti
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wish they had more choices in particular pasta dishes.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfect for theater goers
    4lobsterlovers
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, excellent service, lovely elegance inside and equally special for outside dining. Perfect for theater goers as staff is very attentive. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As excellent as ever
    PhDTigressVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I hadn't dined at Barbetta for quite some time and invited a friend there for a pre-theater birthday lunch. The room is beautiful, the service is courteous, and the menu offers a wide variety of options. The maitre d' recalled that we were celebrating a birthday, seated us at an especially nice table, and brought my guest a dessert with Happy Birthday on the plate. I would definitely return to Barbetta when attending the theater (the efficient service is oriented toward theater-goers) or for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • Pre theater dinner
    scandinavia
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We chose this restaurant because of its history and location. Because we were going to a theater we had to have an early dinner and the restaurant gave us a special set menu. However we chose to order from the a la carte menu. Food was good, nothing extraordinary. Nice staff.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • momandi
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Our dinner was fantastic and the service was commendable. It was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of New York. Elegant is a word that comes to mind
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater district Northern Italian
    12345
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was good, the atmosphere was fine, the service was pleasant and the price was right but the evening did not live up to my expectations. Where did things go wrong? Two round tables for four, pushed together for eight people, just didn't work and the conversation didn't flow. And since getting together with friends was the point of the evening not speaking to three out of eight was a disappointment to be sure.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old New York
    porkyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This restaurant represents old New York and desperately needs a face lift!!! Fabric on chairs are stained and old, curtains appear to be dusty, just a major re-do! Also, the food was marginal and expensive. The only positive is that is does have a lovely outdoor garden, however, it cannot be used in the fall/winter!!!
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • PhiippeVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    the environment is totally outdated , it is fine to be a tradition but the main room need to be refreshed it comes across too much as a feeding machine
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was very ordinary, the service rushed and the tables too close together. The only good thing is its proximity to the theater
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  • good food and knowledge staff
    elfwilsVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    what an historic place to dine and lots of menu choices from years past to recent new additions
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Return visit
    Lupe
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    On my return to the City - I took my daughters and as always the friendly service, food and atmosphere was delightful - the girls loved it and would return on their own I'm sure I Loved it as and have not been disappointed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie But Goodie!
    Love2eat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is the oldest Italian restaurant in New York! However, the pre-theater menu did not offer a wide range of traditional Italian food. The service was excellent and the ambiance was quite lovely. The food was presented and prepared very nicely. Located in the heart of the theater district, this restaurant is worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The food, ambiance, and service were amazing! Such a wonderful meal and experience!
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fine Dining Experience
    loveNYCdining
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    What a find! Great service, delicious food, good wine and even a piano player performing for our pleasure. The pre-theater dinner menu was very fairly priced at $58.00. I started with a penne bolognese, then beef simmered in red wine served with polenta. Dessert followed and the selections were numerous. A nice salad to cleanse the palate was served before dessert. My daughter began with a caprese salad and the mozzarella was the creamiest we had ever tasted-better than any I had eaten in Italy. The pesto linguine was also delicious. She did not choose the pre-theater options but felt the prices were reasonable for a NYC restaurant. A poached pear and dark chocolate orange mousse topped off the evening. How "Wicked" a
    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.
  • ChristineVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I must see garden / Courtyard...one of the oldest in New York City. save room for the deserts
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldest Italian Restaurant in NYC
    pbkevin
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Charming old spot; same ownership since 1906 and some or the original recipes are still on the menu. Wonderful place...NOT too casual!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian
    harveykopel
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The menu was mostly Italian and the waiter very helpful in interpreting it for us. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere in the outside garden waas very romantic. My wife and I had a great time. The Quail egg appetizer was unusual and very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Elegant Find on Restaurant Row
    1njgalVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This beautiful restaurant in a brownstone in NYC is absolutely elegant! The ambiance and decor is outstanding. The tables are intimate and the food delicious. The price fixe dinner is pricey but you do get a few courses included. The service was attentive. We dined inside but took a look at the famous garden dining area…it was exquisite. I would recommend this lovely dining establishment for special occasions or just an evening on the town.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant
    DaveyD
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had lunch there before a matinee in the outdoor garden. The service was attentive and the meal was superb. I would highly recommend this restaurant. This was our first time here and we dine out frequently on 46th St. We are definitely coming back.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staple Italian Food
    deepsouthdelight
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food here was simple but tasted amazing. Perfect menu and timing for a dinner before a show. The staff was amazing and really took a liking to my 12 year old niece, giving her special treatment the whole dinner! The pasta was amazing, and you could tell it was homemade.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pre-theater gem
    Tomnyita
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Highly recommended The staff provided excellent service it was my girlfriend's birthday they did a lovely presentation and we all celebrated very charmingly
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School Charm
    mealreveal
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This is an older restaurant but very charming. The waiter staff is older and exudes experience. The bus boys are also very attentive. I had one of the simpler pasta dishes but all members of our party enjoyed their meal. I received kiddos from my group for selecting this restaurant as our pre - theater dinner choice.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diningpro1
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We found Barbettas to be very good. Just found bar to be quite expensive at $17.00 for a wine or a martini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not worth the fuss
    Katherina
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    “Snooty, shabby, not worth the fuss” Oct 23, 2014 This restaurant is like your elderly uncle-grumpy, shabby, but not without some cooking skills. My main grudge-we specified on the reservations that it was our 25th wedding anniversary (and I mentioned it again to mai•tre d' when we arrived)-still got no acknowledgment. Out of 12000 restaurants in NYC we choose Barbetta to celebrate our special milestone, did not even get a smile or a warm wish from any of the staff. Minestrone soup-just Ok; roasted veggie soup – again: nothing to write home about. Grilled salmon-good, Sea bass with asparagus-fine (both $7 surcharge) Tea and coffee-lukewarm with a hint that it is time to leave, no re-fills. Bottom line-not worth the fuss.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We took clients here and the service could not be better. While the food is not transformative, it was very solid -- and overall our experience was very good! Also, it feels like a NYC institution.
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  • Very Disappointed
    AspoVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Before booking the restaurant, I went on line and looked at the menu. I really liked what was on the menu and looked forward to some of the choices on the menu. However, after we were sat, we got a menu that was a prix fix and there was no other options to choose from. Needless to say, I was disappointed as well as the two other people I was with. There was no mention on the website or open table of this restriction and that the regular menu wasn't available during theater times. Since it was a Saturday night, we had not other alternative but to stay. The prix fix was $58.00,not worth it! On a positive note, we ate outside in the courtyard, which was a lovely oasis.
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  • jr1018
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A perfect dining oasis in the middle of Manhattan! Great food, excellent service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend!
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The outside section is great. You'd never know you were in the middle of the theater district!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amber
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If you can be in the garden atrium this is an amazing spot for Time Square's Restaurant Row.
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  • Theater dinner
    Alaskajmd
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I was disappointed that we were only offered the theater menue and had to choose the 4 course meal. The appetizer and dessert were great but the main courses were disappointing. We had the beef, chicken and rabbit, all unremarkable. I thought there would be Italian menu choices. The service was great and a convenient location for Theater goers.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed dinner
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Our pre-theater dinner felt very rushed, even though we had plenty of time. I'd barely ordered and taken two bites of my salad when our main courses arrived. They couldn't have been made to order, but simply heated up in the kitchen. The food was OK, but the service staff were terrific and very accommodating. Just slow it down a bit, please!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kays
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Beautiful location inside and outside ..garden was so beautiful we sat outside great service by the waiter
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special service and great food
    JohnB
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This long standing restaurant has maintained its high quality of food and service. Service and quality do not diminish if you are trying to make a show. They applies if you are just enjoying a fine dinner out with friends. Above all; Management wants to make sure you to enjoy their food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Simply Amazing
    Subluxdoc
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were in town for celebration of my wife's birthday and this restaurant made it the most spectacular celebration we could've ever dreamed of!! The entire team at Barbetta made the evening magical for us. Eduardo's knowledge of the menu and the attention to detail was superb.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater District Oasis
    Sophie2012
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We dined at noon, pre-theater, on Oct 15th & it was warm enough to dine on the garden patio. Pink azaleas were in bloom & gardenia trees were placed around the beautiful fountain. Fabulous food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYC FAVORITE
    EddieC
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A classic dinner in a classic restaurant. The food was prepared with an elegant touch. Excellent Italian Wine selection. The service was impeccable
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic