Barbetta Restaurant
Barbetta Restaurant

Barbetta Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://barbettarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2122469171x
  • 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
260 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (169)great for outdoor dining (168)special occasion (160)neighborhood gem (95)notable wine list (73)fit for foodies (66)great for lunch (59)good for groups (41)scenic view (19)late-night find (16)great for brunch (15)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jr1018
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A perfect dining oasis in the middle of Manhattan! Great food, excellent service and atmosphere. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing restaurant
    deals0617
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We celebrated our 10th anniversary here and the restaurant was the perfect choice. It is a romantic setting and the service was amazing. The staff is very attentive and friendly and happy to answer any questions. The food was fantastic with large portions and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-theatre delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    An excellent pre-theatre dinner within a few steps of many theaters. We would definitely return. Matthew Broderick was dining there before his show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ghia
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was okay at best. While still eating my entree they cleared bread dish off the table that still had my bread on. I had the signature dish of beef short ribs, which was definitely plated way in advance and not that tasty. Polenta needed some seasoning which tasted more like farina.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    Mauibound
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The entire experience was fantastic! Food and service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely old world charm
    jssmarch
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    No wonder this palce has been around for over a hundred years! We received a warm and friendly greeting at the door. The wait staff were pleasant and efficient. Our waiter asked right away if we were going to a show later. No but 2 of us had to catch an train at 7:15. He assured us that would not be a problem and he would take care of us. The food was delicious although it was a prix fixe menu ( at $58/per) the choices were all good. As the restaurant filled, our waiter didn't visit as often. The 2 who had to catch a train had to dash off and missed dessert--and the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great restaurant
    Stu14
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We went for dinner to Barbetta at 7.30pm and found that the main groups of theatre goers leaving. After they had gone the restaurant was very quiet. We sat at a table in the garden at the back of the restaurant, a delightful setting. The food was excellent, but rather expensive. The same applies to the wine. The service was very good. Barbetta is an oasis of quiet in the middle of noisy New York and we would fully recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It never gets old
    BobDVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The perfect Wednesday afternoon, dining in the beautiful garden of Barbetta. Floren and Suzanna welcome you with open arms. The food was enjoyable and delicious. We started with Parma prosciutto and Grana Padana, followed by crespelli in a light tomato sauce then a wonderful piece of swordfish with Lentils. Floren selected a wonderful Gavi to start and a Barolo to finish. A great afternoon. Great food, great staff! The gem on 46th.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio dinning on a perfect NYC eve
    Coco
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We had a party of four women eating a light dinner before going to see Motown. We began with a nice choice of red wine. Fresh and warm sour dough bread was delivered. Two ordered a small portion of vegetable manicotti. Two of us ordered a small portion of a pasta with red meat sauce. Fresh Parmesan cheese was sprinkled on our dish if desired. The waiter was very accomodating to our desires if we wanted something not seen on the menu. The wait staff were very prompt. This is a very old home that has been transisted into a restaurant. Lots of character and still being restored in some areas. Overall, a great experience and I recommend for a great hidden dinning experience known to accommodate famous dinners such as The Clinton's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oct evening in garden
    dinenyc
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Beautiful garden loved the scallops also easy walk to the theater
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Second time at Barbetta for pre-theater meal with family from out of town (Europe). This may seem like a touristy joint, but is the real deal. Food is amazing (beets, salmon, pasta). Service will ruin your expectations for service in any future restaurant. They treat you like family - is lovely. Will be back as I love the food, the garden and the sweet staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising decor with ambiance
    NYClover
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The service here was outstanding. We were a bit late for our reservation and they still were able to serve our meal smoothly without us feeling rushed to make it to the theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant,timeless experience
    calalily
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had dinner before a 7pm curtain on Oct.2.The food,service and ambience are an excellent prelude to the theater.While elegant, the restaurant is warm and welcoming.If you're missing a dinner in Rome or Florence,visit Barbetta and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointment
    RumpusVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Barbetta has a beautifully proportioned dining room and an even lovelier garden, but the food has gone downhill and doesn't begin to justify the prices. On the $58.00 prix fixe, the lentils under the swordfish were well flavored, but the fish itself was rubbery. The beef on the prix fixe menu was submerged in an overly thickened gravy and was scarily reminiscent of cafeteria Swiss steak. Desserts were pedestrian, and while our captain was convivial, other attempts at white glove service fell below the mark. The tablecloth was brushed after our entrees, but crumbs were still left in front of us, and rather than receiving a teapot to steep the brew to our own liking with enough tea to refresh the drink, it was simply poured into a cup.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic pre theater hidden gem
    Spencer2
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Extraordinary service. Beautiful outdoor garden. A hidden gem in the theater district. Quiet, elegant dining. We were in the city for a mother-daughter visit and my mom adored this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barbetta Delivers Again
    johnpearl44VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Too long since last visit. Forgot how charming. Brought very particular friends and they were delighted. A MUST if at the theatre. One caveat, bring your credit card, dinner for two w wine, etc $250.00.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pre-Theatre Menu, Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is my fourth time going to Barbetta, and I enjoy it more each time. The food is great, the price of the pre-theatre menu is AMAZING, and the service is impeccable. Barbetta is located in the theatre district, so it is convenient to all of the plays. But, most importantly, it is a fantastic dining experience. I love sitting out in the garden, but have also enjoyed being in the main dining room. I will go to Barbetta's again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect for a pre-theatre meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was cooked to fit the dish ordered. Salmon perfectly poached, swordfish delicately cooked to melt in your mouth (usually a tough fish to do correctly) I am an amateur at knowing chefs and their talents but I know what I like. I understood the chef to be famous locally and I can say the food was really fabulous so I'm sure its true. Tables sometimes looked a bit squished together but they made due and fit everyone in just fine. Very romantic and I would go again. Service was very spot on and my water glass was never empty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    ChrisFrance
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Nice food, tasty and well presented. Friendly staff. A very nice lunch in a lovely garden
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before theater
    nyragirl
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We made a last minute reservation for 4 prior to seeing a broadway show. The staff could not have been more accommodating, and the food was delicious. We were served quickly and had a leisurely dinner with wine, appetizer, entree and even dessert. The dining room is formal but lively, and the outside patio looked lovely too. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Dining
    glr1VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I had read about the lovely patio but on a rainy September night we ate in the dining room and had a very enjoyable meal. The waiter was attentive and the noise level low enough for easy conversation. My husband had three flavors of risotto, each of which were distinctive and fresh tasting. I was in the mood for something lighter and had the vitello tonnato which was beautifully prepared. When we asked some questions about the waiter recommended wine by the glass, the sommelier brought over the bottle and engaged us in a discussion of its origin and flavors. We are looking forward to returning on our next New York trip.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The BEST!!!
    KandJfamily
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This remains among our favorite restaurants of all time - very unique as a "forever" family owned place. Its warm weather garden dining area that is the best ANYWHERE, and the old world elegance of its regular dining room is impossible to beat - in the new or old worlds!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Theater Gem
    Vandy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Barbetta was a great find--in the heart of the busy theater district, but quiet and classic with great food. I was worried it might be a little stuffy, since it bills itself as the oldest family owned restaurant in NY. That was not the case at all. The fixed price, pre-dinner menu was fabulous, with lots of choices. The food was delicious.The waiter suggested a wine that was tremendous and reasonable, with a very generous pour, as was my scotch to get things started. The service was amazing--everyone seemed to try to connect with us, even the person who served bread, and make our experience enjoyable. This was our first visit, but I would choose Barbetta every time we are on our way to the theater in NY.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. Even though we ran late due to increased traffic (hard to imagine), we were warmly greeted and very well pampered during our dinner visit. We didn't feel pressure to rush our meal or leave quickly. The garden dining was beautiful and quiet. The food couldn't have been prepared any better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-theater
    Orthodoc
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great place for before the show. Price-fix menu. Fast service, good teamwork. The cheese puffs with sesame are excellent. Famous outdoor gardens eating area, though I chose to eat inside. Portions were light for me. Bagna Cauda is a must-try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated, overpriced
    eatwell
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We went to this restaurant with high hopes, having received glowing reports from trusted friends. The first dish we ordered (both ordered the chicken with pomegranate sauce) was simply awful. The chicken was dry and tasteless, and the sauce didn't taste like much either. The dishes came out so fast, we thought they'd probably been sitting around on a warming plate for several hours before they were plunked in front of us. Our replacement dishes, the filet mignon and the scallops, were very ordinary, and certainly not worth the price. The wait staff was minimally attentive, and not very apologetic. Extremely disappointing. We will never go back. The only plus was the lovely atmosphere of the outdoor space, very peaceful and beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Place Pre-Theater
    thedcsguy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I had tickets for a theatrical performance and I looked for a good Resturant to celebrate our pre-anniversary. Service was impeccable, food excellent, and we were both blown away by the room!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Established by still vital
    JetPilotNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Oldest continuously family run restaurant in NYC could have become staid and rested on its history. Not so with exceptional Barbetta. Wait staff and hosts treat even first time diners like me as family. Food very good and outdoor garden gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exciting Evening
    WalterHarding
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We had a wonderful table in the beautiful Garden Room. Service was terrific and the food wonderful.. If you are in town for theater, do not miss this spot!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite Place!
    GeorgeandClaire
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants in the City. Pleasant courtyard dining with excellent food and great service. Great for pre theater dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Nez1069
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This past year our group has been there for the Restaurant week lunch in the garden and this past week for dinner in the main dining room. Both the food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic