Barbuzzo Restaurant
Barbuzzo Restaurant

Barbuzzo Restaurant

  • 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: Italian, Mediterranean, 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Barbuzzo Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
430 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (339)neighborhood gem (211)hot spot (197)romantic (114)special occasion (108)great for lunch (83)vibrant bar scene (80)late-night find (61)great for outdoor dining (54)notable wine list (45)good for groups (20)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)Show More
  • LanghorneLady
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    We had an excellent lunch of Roasted Cauliflower Soup (garnished with croutons & diced beets) & fantastic wild mushroom pizza, finished with their signature dessert dish: Salted Caramel Budina" which had a crushed oreo bottom. It showed us the kitchen cares. And, an unusually warm November day let us sit at a sidewalk table. Only complaint was the unusually small glass of a good, crisp cider; what's with that?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gregors
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Our go to place when in the city for a concert or plan on the Avenue of the Arts. Food is wonderful and always hard to pick what to get because everything is so good. The Uovo pizza is always a pick, so good. Great bar slection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite good
    LarInPhilly
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The food was quite good. The server was very personable but, although I asked that our items come out one at a time three of four came to the table one on top of the other. It is a very busy restaurant. Quite crowded. People at the next table are in your conversation if for no other reason than they have to talk loud enough to hear each other and therefore you hear them too. Wine was good. Cocktails were good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever
    LindseyS
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our meal at Barbuzzo was definitely in our top 5 best meals ever. From our cocktails to the butternut arranccini to the salted caramel budino, everything was perfection. I wish we lived in Philly so we could eat here more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, wine happy atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The combination of Italian style and careful ingredient choice makes the food superb. The casual, warm, atmosphere perfect for dinner with friends or business partners. Ate there Friday and Saturday night and would have been happy to return on Sunday
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incompetent service with mediocre food
    Bobster212
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The service was incompetent and almost odd. We had to wait a long time to order, the waitress did not seem to understand that we expected bread, and the food was simply mediocre. In addition the noise level was deafening.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Celebrated the Beaujolais Nouveau
    JustMe
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Changed plans with a friend after getting an email about the neighborhood celebration of the arrival of the new Beaujolais. We were not disappointed: the wine was lovely and the charcuterie plate they prepare to match with the wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good, but something was missing
    TDubbs
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Let me start by saying I have been to Barbuzzo a number of times, I do know what to expect as far as how busy it gets there as weak as how tight the seating is. This night something was just off. It was a Tuesday night, it was freezing, you wouldn't think it would have been mobbed, but it was. We had maybe a 10 minute wait for our reservation which is no big deal, the host at the front was friendly and helpful. However, due to the tiny space and packed bar, we were shuffled back and forth for 10 solid minutes. It does get old. Our waitress couldn't have been more miserable and less helpful. It felt like she was doing us a favor by taking our order and bringing our food. You are in a service profession, smile. We are not difficult customers. The food was good, but it wasn't up to par with previous visits. It was pretty much put together and dropped on our table. The service staff couldn't take our plates away quick enough, as if we were being rushed to finish. By the time our actual meal was ready that night, but me and my wife couldn't wait to eat so we could leave. Sadly this was where we chose to spend our anniversary night this year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceptional!!!
    HungryinHorshamVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Still my go to place for impressing out of town guests, their food, presentation and preparation will WOW your friends and out of town guests. Barbuzzo still exemplifies why Philly is one of the greatest restaurant towns in the US, but gets no cred.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Jenny
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Best food we have eaten in years. European portions. Fresh and delicious ingredients. Charming service. We are going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Don't miss the ricotta appetizer, the ouvo pizza, and budinos for dessert....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food was good but habitually under seasoned probably due to the cook's generally disengaged demeanor and disinterest. The arancini was cold in the center and lacked any notes of squash or pumpkin. Server seemed a bit arrogant and our service, while not rushed, seemed to inconvenience him because we didn't place our entire order at one time. We were disappointed being that we have dined at all of chef's other restaurants and been absolutely thrilled with our experiences.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 'Shared' Experience
    Early517
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Tappas Plates are Great to Share. Each dish is so tasty, it would be a shame NOT to Share!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pizza!
    YD50
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time to visit Philadelphia and we were staying about 5 minutes from Barbuzzo's. It was the perfect place to take our son and his wife, who were also visiting, to lunch. The pizza was tasty and filling, and we could easily share other items on the menu. Some sausages and the mozzarella cheese were homemade and the vegetables were seasonal and very fresh. The tables are small and seating is cozy but we were fine with this. We were in the city for only two days and were lucky to experience this little gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!
    LisaG
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I never get tired of coming here. The food was delicious and the service was fast, courteous and friendly. I loved it, as I always do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and drinks.
    PegDat
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Our party of 5 celebrated a birthday. Our reserved table was ready on time and we all enjoyed the food. The restaurant was tightly packed, but everything flowed smoothly. Drinks were strong and delicious, as was all of the food. We loved the intriguing food choices - not your typical Italian fare. We would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing as usual
    Jmh1026
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    One of my favorites, food is always amazing, service very accomodating but not intrusive. Awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy Mediterranean Perfection
    Kmil321VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This is the place for Foodies, each dish perfection. Love the energetic hip vibes in this place. Awesome for a girls date, sitting at the bar alone, or a romantic date. The food never disappoints, this was my fourth time here. I will cry if they ever take the sheep's milk ricotta off the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    MissamiVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Too ambitious with the soup - too many flavors & seasonings, and my burger was not prepared to order...not even close...yet the waitress offered no apology or resolution...only the check. Gee, thanks. This experience was VERY disappointing. With so many other options close-by, I won't be rushing back to Barbuzzo.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as advertised !
    Pcfoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our second trip to Barbuzzo and it was as good and fun as the first time. Dishes are unique yet wonderful and the pizza is a hidden gem. I've never been served something that didn't surprise me in some way. Will go back again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    "Small plates" here means tiny plates. Food was not brought out together - we had no intention of sharing - and no bread service was available. What? Ridiculously pretentious and clearly a device to protect the kitchen from having to coordinate arrival of dishes. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud but good
    Roubaix3325VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was amazing but the restaurant was too small for the amount of people so there super loud. Not a romantic place at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    One of the top 5 in Phila Consistent and always at the top of it's game
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    LLK605
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We went before the theater. The food, atmosphere and service were terrific! It was a bit noisy but not unbearable. Highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before a show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Service and food was great. Perfect before going to a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthdaybonus
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Two of us were celebrating our birthdays, and I was also celebrating my retirement - my final day at work is tomorrow - we were a party of 3. I was asked to choose the restaurant, and immediately suggested Barbuzzo, as I had been there a few times and know the food is always excellent, and the presentation uniquely creative! It is certainly a favorite of mine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great outdoor dining
    whatever
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Inside was terribly noisy, and this was for lunch! They need to turn down the music. Outside it was just one garbage truck after another but was, with all those trucks, still easier to talk than inside. What a shame because the food was really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • business lunch
    logan0203VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I had lunch with a client and everything was very good including the food and the service, but the table we were sitting at was very cramped and uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Foodlove
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Beautiful food -- best in the city right now. Creative preparation. What an exciting and unexpected find this was! I've been hearing about B for a while. Run here -- don't walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent location -best tapas
    marleneVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    good food, good location, friendly staff- we'll go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    MangiaVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Food and service... Just great. I'm still thinking of the mordadella pizza!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unforgettable meal
    Kate
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Every bite of food was delicious - the timing and arrangement of the varied small plates ordered by our group of four was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad I finally got to go!
    lizsp33
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I've been wanting to try Barbuzzo for years, but either had too large of a group or just couldn't get a reservation. The food was excellent, and I love that you can get small plates to try different things. My group had the tortelli, gnocchi, short ribs, brussel sprouts, and spaghetti. We also had a few desserts, but I didn't get dessert so I can't recall exactly what they were. We had a lot of pasta because there was a vegetarian in the group. The gnocchi might have been my favorite, but the short ribs were delicious. I love short ribs and theirs was trimmed perfectly so you don't have to cut half of it away because it's too fatty. I would definitely go back and highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal
    nannett001
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My friend and I dined here for the first time last weekend. The food was excellent. The dishes were on the small side, but with an appetizer and a desert they were perfect. I really enjoyed the pumpkin-themed tiramisu. My friend had the pudding with caramel and sea salt and said it was the best desert she ever had. My only complaint would be the noise level and the fact that our table was kind of squeezed into the entrance, making it a bit difficult to both hear and navigate one's way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Symphony Dinner
    CatherineB
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have eaten here a few times and it is always excellent. Many choices of small plates to share. This is a TINY place so be prepared to be close to your neighbors. Noise level was fairly high, but overall no complaints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy. Tasty. Loud.
    PhillyFilly
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Larger portions than tapas. Small and crowded. Super loud, don't expect to have a conversation without yelling an/or repeating yourself. We had a rather intoxicated woman practically screaming behind us, rude. Salted caramel budino was the best course (dessert) of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Fabulous food. Small plates were great for sharing, waitress knew her stuff!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CONSISTENCY
    PhilsPhan
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The best thing about Barbuzzo is their consistency, by far! The drinks, the staff, their welcoming service and of course the food. I've been there many times and it keeps getting better and never ceases to amaze me with their flavors. As a restaurant GM who is also a trained chef, I know and appreciate the efforts of the Exec. Chef, owners , management and staff. You've got me as a customer for the long haul, thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Badmoodzo
    Mealquest232
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My outlook on the evening would have been completely different if our waiter had the same people skills as the host or the people bringing our food but he simply did not. I found him at times to be rude and we had one of those feelings that we were always bothering him by our requests. Maybe he was just in a bad mood not sure. The food was great we got two pizzas both of them were excellent, the margherita was perhaps one of the best I had ever eaten. Too bad the evening was spoiled by a seemingly annoyed waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kikiVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Fabulous food. Energetic atmosphere - meaning smaller space with tables close together so can be noisy - in a fun way. Will try to go there anytime I back in Philadelphia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic