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Barbuzzo Restaurant
Barbuzzo Restaurant

Barbuzzo Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbuzzo.com
  • Phone: (215) 546-9300
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday to Saturday: 12pm-3pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 5pm - 12am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Marcie B Turney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sansom
  • Public Transit: Broad Street Line - Walnut Locust Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage parking available on Sansom Street between 11th & 12th Streets.
A word from Barbuzzo Restaurant
Barbuzzo is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village area of center city. We serve small plates intended to share. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, Barbuzzo’s menu features rustic, hand crafted regional fare such as: Grilled Octopus with fingerlings, roasted peppers & soppressata; Parsnip ravioli with duck ragu and roasted pears; Uovo Pizza with brussel leaves, guanciale, & truffle farm egg. Menu items range in price from $3 to $32. Barbuzzo has a full bar featuring Mediterranean wines, craft beers and cocktails. We have bar and counter seating overlooking the open kitchen available for walk ins.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a wonderful meal! Everything was fresh and unique!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My husband & I were there for his birthday. We loved our waiter; he was low key, natural & informative. I ordered the beet salad & my husband ordered the farm salad. The beet salad was room temperature, including the greens - dissappointing. Although the taste was ok, it was not refreshing. As a second course I ordered the bronzino which I liked very much.My husband ordered the hanger steak which was very chewy because of a membrane. I tasted it and agreed.The dessert really disappointed. We shared Tira Miso. We usually love the creamy layer, but this was chopped-up & served rounded in a 1 cup soup bowl. We thought it had been dropped & then chopped-up & served to minimize the loss to the establishment. The texture was grainy not pleasing."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal at Barbuzzo. Food imaginative and tasty. Tables very close together and it was very loud."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The wait staff was always visible but never our-bearing - water glasses were always filled, everything was super well timed! Everything we tried was delicious but the Budino dessert -- not THAT alone would bring us back! We tried this on a recommendation for our anniversary and Barbuzzo's did not disappoint! Thank you!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Small plates with large prices but great taste (on the basis of the picante mussels and the lamb shoulder pasta). Intimate setting with great energy but exceptionally dim lighting (the tea candles are not merely for ambiance--you cannot read the menu without them) and terrible sound dampening. Although it's a little place, the server had to enunciate and speak loudly into my ear as though we were in a mosh pit. The crowd at 9:15 PM was young and vampy; I remember that scene, but even then I liked to be able to talk to the people I was with. If I go back, it will be with the early bird crowd around 5."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went here for a birthday dinner - loved all the food everything was great! I would recommend Barbuzzo to anyone."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. We had the cheese board & the plum rhubarb bruschetta. The bruschetta was huge, not what you would typically expect. If I had one criticism, it would be that it was a little hard to eat; too soft to cut through with knife & fork, too big to pick up and eat with your hands. Our main courses (hangar steak for the husband, squid ink tortonne special for me) made for a lovely presentation. The steak was cooked to perfection. The broth in the special was flavorful, but the real gem in that dish was, for me, the clams. To cap it off, I had the best cocktail ever--their Sanguinello. It was delicious & HUGE, and my only regret is that I didn't get a 3rd. Ambience was nice, not too formal. Do wish it was a little less dark."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We went for lunch. The food is really marvelous. Each of the four of us had a different salad - all terrific with very fresh ingredients and interesting combinations that all worked. We then had a pizza-asparagras, truffle, bacon and egg. Absolutely the best pizza I have had since a truffle and arugula pizza in southern Tuscany! Service a little slow but people very nice."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "You really need to order two or three plates to fill up...can make it a bit pricey. Good creativity and flavorful though."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my first time at Barbuzzo. The atmosphere is vibrant (a bit too noisy for a business meal, but great if you just want to be out and dine among other people). The menu is not your average menu - very creative, just the right amount of variety, and it has healthy options, too. The food is fresh and very tasty! And finally, the service was very attentive and flawless."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Absolutely first rate! I'd heard a lot of great things about the place and every good word was true. Food was fantastic and servers couldn't have been nicer. I'll be back"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Delicious, sublime dishes, priced well and a fabulous wine list. Service was warm and welcoming on a hot and stormy night. Octopus and pork chop mains are dream worthy."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is wonderful; the food is amazing, fresh, great combinations of items and well prepared. Their meatballs, flatbreads and special dessert are always on our check. Had less then 30 hours in Philadelphia this time but made sure we had a reservation here for the one night. Ambiance is urban and cozy. Fun to sit along the back bar area and watch the cook staff do their work. Since this place is on the smaller side and is usually very busy make a reservation if you can."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Really good food. Each dish was tastier than the previous one. Waitress was attentive and very helpful in describing the dishes and how many one would want."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Barbuzzo is one of my favorite restaurants, however, a constant disappointment is the service. The food is incredible, but to make it a complete package, I wish the servers were more personable and warm."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food at Barbuzzo is certainly good but it has not changed since its opening. This makes return visits less exciting."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We started out with the mussels and the sauce they were in was so delish that we ordered more bread for dipping. We had the stuffed meat balls, one per person which is more than enough, and the sauted gnocchi. Our drink was Presecco. A perfect evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Would have given higher rating but it was incredibly loud. We had to shout across the table."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with Barbuzzo. I've been here a few times for lunch and absolutely love it. I ordered the orecchiette, and it was a generous portion but was light overall, full of flavor and very satisfying. I also had the salted caramel budino, which was absolutely perfect for the end of the meal. Rich and creamy pudding with a crunchy chocolate crust on the bottom. A perfect balance of salty and sweet. I definitely recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My past visits for dinner have bee rewarding at Barbuzzo but this lunch was disappointing; I ordered the Cavatappi pasta dish which was delicious but with as serving of barely a cup of cooked pasta, the dish was not very satisfying, even for someone who is watching her weight. I know my friend who ordered Orecchiette wasn't happy with his portion and this, despite the fact that we also shared the Antipasto from the Chef's bar. Portions on pasta for lunch should be revisited, but the flavors are fresh and beautifully blended. The noise level makes conversation difficult so this is not the place for a relaxing conversation."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is very popular. Pizza is good. Other dishes are pretty but a bit flat in taste. Nothing really stood out. The ambiance is very energetic and makes one feel special, however food is average"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My companion and I started with tasty cocktails (French Farmers) before settling in to a scrumptious watermelon salad and a flavorful mushroom pizza. Great value for the price - really outstanding food!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The menu is a bit limited but the food was quite good. On the other hand the tables seem very small -- they are -- and if you're in an inside double, you'll probably need need to ask the couple at the next table to let out. Still, i would and probably will go again."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We started off with the snap pea salad which was great and also got some options from the happy hour menu as well. Everything was executed flawlessly and came out in a timely fashion. the service was also attentive and knowledgeable. Dont miss dessert either, the house made chocolates are great."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've worked nearby for more than three years and this was my first time to Barbuzzo. I don't know what took me so long (other than the fact that we rarely - if ever - have a sit-down lunch outside the office). I really liked this place - from the decor, to the menu, to the quality of the food, to the service...all exceeded my expectations. I had the soup of the day and a pizza. The combination of flavors in the chilled asparagus soup was both creative and delightful. The crust on the pizza was incredibly light. One of my colleagues had the hamburger & fries...which none of us at the table could resist (the fries, that is). Yum! I plan to return soon...and often."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "too noisy, could not hear my partner....very narrow aisle and table very close together, could hear every word the table next to us said."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I have to say that I was really disappointed in the food at Barbuzzo. I heard amazing things about the place and it was so hard to get a table that my expectaitions were really high. The food was just OK. I've had much better food in other restaurants in Philly. (ex. Vernick, Dandelion). The only good thing is that you can fill up and not spend too much $$. It didn't cost a lot, but I guess you get what you pay for."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We ate dinner here for my hubbie's birthday and were pleasantly surprised that every single thing we had was delicious. We didn't understand a lot of the menu items as this was our first Mediterranean experience, but we thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a great spot for a date night or very small group. The prices could have been a lot higher for the quality of the food."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Visiting from New York and was ravishing after a day out sight seeing. Everything was delicious. Ordered 5 dishes between 2 people and were beyond full. Meatballs were a standout!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great spot for a date or a group. Restaurant is pretty small and dark, but you can tell it is a super popular place. We got there at 6:20 and our table was ready for our 6:30 reservation. The plates are meant for sharing so I reccomend at least ordering 4 things for two people. Doing that and ordering drinks can get expensive but the food is so good. Will definetly return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This was our first meal after arriving in Philadelphia, and boy did it set the bar high. We went for lunch. Had the antipasti plate, stuffed meatballs, burrata, and mushroom pizza. Everything was delicious. So full of flavor and so well seasoned. We're already planning our next trip to Philly so that we can try the dinner menu. Amazing food!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Barbuzzo is noisy, crowded, and too hot during the summer. The food is very good; but the red wine fares poorly, as its stored not far from the open brick oven. Hard to talk. Oven makes it very warm inside."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything was as expected. Low light, awesome dishes, and the wine was divine."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • " The food was simply outstanding! The service was excellent. For the quality, this may be the best value in all of Philadelphia. I would recommend this restaurant to any friends or family."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had made reservations for this Philly "hot spot," weeks in advance for a friend and I. Based upon others' reviews and the hype, I was looking forward to an impressive evening; however that proved otherwise do to the service. Servers were extremely rude, short, and did not seem to care about doing their job. Our server was chatting behind the bar, and made it seem that is was our fault when we asked for anything. Also, this is a great place if you enjoy feeling crammed like sardines alongside fellow diners, and if you like to yell to talk with your date. Others around us did not seem to be having a good time. Will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Without a doubt, this was one of the best Philly dining experiences my husband and I have had. We went there to celebrate our 26th anniversary and were not disappointed. Everything was delicious and freshly-prepared; we cleaned our plates. Upon arrival, we asked to dine outside and were fortunate enough that a table was available. I highly recommend all the menu items that we had: sheeps milk ricotta and roasted marrow bone (snacks & spreads); roasted and raw beet salad and snap pea salad (salads); and finally, our entrees (they're relatively small, so my husband ordered two): bronzino, gnocchi, and hanger steak. The "old fashioned" from the bar was nice and boozy tasting - just the way I like them. We will definitely return here!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Barbuzza is all about the food-we started with burratta served with grilled asparagus and farm fresh peas. Then on to pizza and pasta, both spot on. Don't forget the salted caramel budino- incredibly rich and delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had lunch here yesterday and the antipasto for lunch may have been the best antipasto I ever had. The service was great and although loud, we did not have any problem conversing."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Too loud Too foo foo We waited forever to get a reservation. We were disappointed with the food the server who had to scream at the next table to be heard! The pizza with the egg ... Ugh! The cheese plate fair at best. The pasta drenched in butter and garlic and small serving. Just not for us!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food! Restaurant is small, crowded tables and noisy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014